'Why would someone do this?'

Bad week turns worse for St. John's man whose property was hit by vandals

Rosie Mullaley rmullaley@thetelegram.com
Published on April 16, 2010
Brian Walsh of St. John's found his pickup truck and camper trailer vandalized Thursday. Earlier in the week his house in Chapel's Cove was destroyed in a brushfire. - Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram

Brian Walsh's current situation can be summed up in six words.

"I'm not having a good week," he said.

It started Monday when Walsh's summer home was destroyed by fire in Chapel's Cove as a result of a brushfire.

"That was all bad enough," said Walsh, whose house was pictured on the front page of Tuesday's edition of The Telegram.

Brian Walsh's current situation can be summed up in six words.

"I'm not having a good week," he said.

It started Monday when Walsh's summer home was destroyed by fire in Chapel's Cove as a result of a brushfire.

"That was all bad enough," said Walsh, whose house was pictured on the front page of Tuesday's edition of The Telegram.

"I had a hard enough week as it was."

But then, on Thursday, Walsh was again upset when he discovered more of his property had been damaged - this time by vandals.

His pickup truck and camper trailer - which were parked in an off-road area on Southside Road in St. John's during the off-season - were both covered with graffiti.

The trailer's side window was also smashed out, while a pair of large wire cutters, which he suspects were used to break the glass, were left nearby on the ground.

"When I came over (Thursday) morning and saw all the graffiti, I couldn't believe it," Walsh said.

"Why would someone do this?"

But it didn't end there.

When Walsh drove down the road to his warehouse, which he uses for storage, he saw that it, too, was covered with graffiti.

"To be hit twice in one week like this ... I certainly hate to think someone's got it out for me," he said.

"I'm hoping it's just a few kids doing this ... I'd say it was a young crowd and they found out I owned that truck. It must've happened late (Monday) night."

Walsh said he already had to paint his warehouse once before to cover graffiti.

"It's getting carried away now," said Walsh, who was at the scene on Southside Road Thursday, shaking his head as he looked over the damage.

The vandals also sprayed graffiti on the side of a house, located across the street from where Walsh's truck and camper were parked.

"I didn't notice that until you (the media) showed up," he said.

Members of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary were also there Thursday afternoon, scoping out the area. An officer from the forensic unit discovered what appeared to be a can of spray paint on the side of the house.

Police are continuing to investigate and are asking anyone with further information about the incident to call the RNC.

But whether or not they find who's responsible, Walsh said he plans to change the way he does things.

"I'm definitely going to be more observant," he said. "And maybe I'll hire some security."

Walsh hopes this week ends soon.

"I certainly hope nothing else happens," he said. "God knows it can't get any worse."

rgillingham@thetelegram.com