St. John’s business hit with vandalism

Colin MacLean
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A slashed tire sits on the property of Urban Contracting after four of the company’s vehicles were vandalized sometime early Saturday. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

A couple of St. John’s businessmen awoke to a nasty, and expensive, surprise on Saturday.

Somebody slashed all the tires on three vehicles owned and operated by Urban Contracting, J.J. Walsh Ltd., of St. John’s.

The cost of replacing the tires is expected to come in at more than $3,000, plus an unknown amount for the day of work the contracting crews was unable to operate.

“It’s a big hit for a small company,” said Francis Walsh, company foreman and son of John Walsh, the owner and longtime operator.

John called the vandalism “one of the dirtiest tricks I’ve see in 60 years of demolishing buildings.”

When the work crews parked the vehicles at the company lot on Duckworth Street Friday evening, they were fine, said Francis.

The company has its suspicions about who caused it, he added, and they reported the damage to police, but the company has so far decided not to press charges.

The company is better off to move forward with its repairs and get on with business, added Francis.

This type of thing has happened to the company before,’’ he said.

It has had windows smashed and a tire or two punctured, but this is the first time anyone has gone this far.

“When you’re dealing with men all the time, that’s the business you’re in — but nothing to this extent,” said Francis.

The vehicles were in the shop Monday and were repaired by the afternoon, but a lot of work had to be postponed.  

That money will also have to come out of the company coffers, added John. If it went through insurance it would cost the company more in the long run.

Twitter: @TelegramMacLean

Organizations: J.J. Walsh

Geographic location: Duckworth Street

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Recent comments

  • Martin
    October 30, 2012 - 09:52

    I agree, the company should press charges. Nothing is going to change unless that people responsible for these unlawful actions are brought to justice.

  • Jack
    October 30, 2012 - 06:23

    After reading this story, I think that Urban Contracting and J. J. Walsh Limited are part of the problem for not imposing charges on these hooligans involved in the vandalism act without thinking about the consequences of their actions including higher insurance rates and costs for the customers. In the meantime, St. John's, Mount Pearl, and Corner Brook has to start making a greater effort to crack down on fires to auto dealership and vandalism to local businesses or business owners like John Dwyer and his company, TimeCo, will start taking the law into their own hands. About the John Dwyer case, John went after the thief after stealing jewellery from his company, TimeCo. However, while John did the right thing, he is now facing charges he shouldn't face in the first place while the thief gets away with it. Because Police are going after lawful business owners as opposed to hooligans, its no wonder why TimeCo might close for good. Police Officers, start doing your job in going after hooligans instead of punishing honest business owners like John Dwyer for doing something you failed to do.