Attempted arson at Keremeos Museum

police investigated and found dead leaves inside the museum below the window. The blind and the curtain were also scorched

  • Nov. 26, 2013 4:00 p.m.

Keremeos Museum volunteer Judy Chisholm lifts the window shade at the Keremeos Museum to show burns sustained after vandalism and attempted arson appeared to have taken place at the building late last week. Chisholm noticed the broken window Friday

On Friday, November 22,  Keremeos Museum volunteers noticed a broken window at the museum. Upon entry to the building, they discovered   the roller blind behind the window was scorched.

The police investigated and found dead leaves inside the museum below the window. The blind and the curtain were scorched but no other damaged ensued.

This may appear to be  a case of minor vandalism, but the damage is costly,  as the muntons, the wood pieces between the panes of glass, were broken out, so it is not a simple matter of replacing a pane of glass.

A whole new window will have to be bought and it will have to be custom made.

Vandalism like this is a disgrace to the community. Should the museum have burned, years of history and stories would have been lost.

Thankfully the computer with most of the photos scanned into it was safe as it is removed from the museum during the winter months.

Keremeos has been victim to a number of unusual vandalism sprees in the past few weeks. Residents are urged to be vigiliant about unusual activity in the village during the night time hours.

Police  (250-499-5511) or Crime Stoppers (1-800-222-8477) are interested in hearing any details you might have regarding this or other  vandalism  that has taken place recently in the village.





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