Vandals strike Torbay arena

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Repairs to 23 broken windows estimated at $20,000

Brad Power, chairman for the board in charge of Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay, said damage caused by vandals in the early hours of July 23 will impact the arena’s bottom line. At right is one of 23 windows broken by vandals. — Photos by Andrew Robinson/The Telegram

Those in charge of looking after Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay were not impressed Saturday morning when they discovered 23 windows at the stadium had been damaged overnight.

Brad Power, chairman of the board overseeing the arena’s operations, said he hopes video from the night will help the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary track down whomever caused the damage.

“When something like this happens to a regional facility, it affects everybody,” said Power, who is a councillor for the Town of Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove.

The board estimates the total damage will cost at least $20,000 to repair. It was the first reported incident of vandalism involving the arena.

The $14-million stadium, which opened in October of 2008, is jointly owned and operated by the towns of Torbay, Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove, Flatrock and Pouch Cove.

Video surveillance, which was activated through motion-sensitivity, showed the incident took place shortly after midnight July 23. There were cameras pointing at the two main entrances from inside the arena.

Two small holes in shattered windows facing Torbay Road lead Power to believe the vandals may have used a pellet or BB gun in the incident.

The panes of glass were approximately a quarter-inch thick. Damage was restricted to the exterior panes of the double-pane windows.

Debris from the incident had to be cleared away by Saturday evening for the adult dance held as part of the Torbay Hillside Festival. Tape covers the edges where small shards of glass remain.

Torbay Mayor Bob Codner was at the event that evening.

“I think it’s bloody ridiculous,” he said, summarizing his feelings about the vandalism. “The obvious question is why would someone even do that?”

Power said while the arena does carry insurance, he expects its premiums will go up because of the vandalism. Last year, an electrical malfunction drove those premiums upwards.

“This is not a small claim by any means,” said Power.

Complicating matters for the arena will be the need to install ice in two weeks to accommodate a hockey school. The broken panes may create insulation issues, resulting in new challenges for ice makers at the arena.

The RNC is treating the event as a case of mischief, and Power agrees with that assessment. He said windows by the manager’s office and the boardroom were left unharmed, indicating money was not a motivating factor in the act of vandalism.

Meanwhile, management will soon look at quotes for video surveillance on the perimeter of the arena to help prevent a repeat incident.

“We’ll have eyes on all corners of the building,” said Power.

Organizations: Middle Cove-Outer Cove.The board

Geographic location: Torbay Road, Logy Bay

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  • BR
    July 26, 2011 - 07:02

    The arena is not the only place damaged by vandals. There are more incidents in Torbay that don't make the news. Check with the RNC and see how much senseless damage is being done. Hope they catch them, and make them pay for the damages. Residents need to keep their eyes open and call the RNC for anything suspicious. This goes for most towns in NL.

    • sdppabpp
      July 26, 2011 - 10:14

      if per chance the vandals are under the age of eighteen there are no laws when it comes to property crimes. the youth criminal justice act is very clear that no young person can be sent to custody for property crimes. if these vandals are youth nad were video taped by the police while in the act the most the courts could do is have them write a letter of apology. if they have prior records and are under a court order they could receive harsher sentences for breaking the court order. maybe. basically property crimes are free and the young people know this . in reality most vandalism and theft is not reported and if it is the police are not very interested as their hands are tied. the cost of the property damage does not matter. property crimes for youth are free.

    • KG
      July 26, 2011 - 12:21

      In today's society camera's are not enought so many times it is hard to get a decent image from them, they should hire some young person and arm him with a cell phone and a can of mace and let em patrol the area, it's the only way to protect yourself from these meaningless acts...., and that goes for pretty much any business or establishments these dayz....