Canadian War Museum officials are “really pleased” a pair of 22-year-old men have been charged with "racist vandalism" that defaced an aircraft.
Police announced charges against the two men more than four months after a swastika and an "offensive message" were spray-painted on an Avro aircraft stored outside the museum. Such incidents are rare, museum officials say, but that doesn’t lessen the impact. “Any incident such as this is really disconcerting. Any kind of vandalism we have on site is disturbing to say the least,” museum spokesman Yasmine Mingay said.
"We’re really pleased the police investigation has culminated in the identification of individuals." The "vandalism" was caught on camera. It showed two men arriving in separate dark-coloured vehicles shortly before 4:30 a.m. on Aug. 27. Police did not release details about the crime until mid-October, when surveillance images were released showing the suspects.
Joel Lendore and Simon Los have each been charged with one count of mischief under $5,000.
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