Vandals strike out at Whitehorse vehicles

More than 21 vehicles in downtown Whitehorse were vandalized on Wednesday night. Vandals smashed windows of 11 vehicles at the Canadian Tire lot.

More than 21 vehicles in downtown Whitehorse were vandalized on Wednesday night.

Vandals smashed windows of 11 vehicles at the Canadian Tire lot. They stomped on car hoods at the Ford dealership on Fourth Avenue and broke into a car near the Family Hotel.

Three teens have been arrested for the latter incident, and police say they may have also been involved in the other two.

At Canadian Tire, the cars all belonged to customers. Although the store has a disclaimer for damage, it will be using its own insurance to cover the costs.

“It reflects poorly on us and we’re very apologetic,” said service manager Allan Koehl. “We just don’t have the storage facility to park cars inside the shop. It’s sad to see things like this happen.”

In all, 11 vehicles were attacked at the store’s lot, including one RV, but no “big ticket items,” like GPS systems, were stolen, only small change, said Koehl.

Car shopping is a “significant problem” in all areas of Whitehorse, said RCMP Sgt. Don Rogers.