Update: Vandal smashes 15 windows at a Mississauga youth centre
Published September 8, 2023 at 1:50 pm
This story has been updated with new information.
A vandal smashed 15 windows at a youth centre, which is not yet open, in Mississauga.
The Malton Youth Hub, at 3545 Morning Star Dr., was vandalized last night, according to a tweet today (Sept. 8) from the area Councillor Carolyn Parrish.
Parrish said 15 windows were smashed and Peel Regional Police responded quickly.
A Peel Regional Police spokesperson said they received a call for a person smashing multiple windows at the Malton Youth Hub on Thursday (Sept. 7) at 10:04 p.m.
Officers attended but the suspect fled on foot prior to police arrival.
There are multiple surveillance cameras at the building, which captured clear shots of the person responsible, Parrish said.
“We have excellent cameras that are not visible,” Parrish said. “We will catch the perpetrator. I’m sad and angry at the same time.”
Police said the suspect is still outstanding and he is described as a Black male, wearing a red shirt and green pants.
The Malton Youth Hub, which was the former Lincoln M. Alexander Secondary School indoor swimming pool, is being refurbished. It will provide a spacious gathering place for young people, and will include an artificial surface track and football field, and a state-of-the-art recording studio.
The $12.6-million project is nearly complete and Parrish told insauga.com that the city had hoped to start having tenants and the kids using the space in the middle of October.
The replacement windows are expected to take 10 to 12 weeks, Parrish said.
She called the vandalism “horrible” and “really devastating.”
Update: Parrish said on Saturday that staff has had the opportunity to investigate the extent of the damage. The opening scheduled for the youth will take place Oct. 10 as scheduled, she said.
“May look less than perfect but will be safe and secure,” Parrish added.
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Horrible vandalism at our beautiful Malton Youth Hub. 15 widows smashed last night. Thanks to City Staff for including multiple cameras to aid in arresting the vandal. Also appreciate speed with which Peel Regional Police responded to the alarms. Repairs scheduled immediately. pic.twitter.com/NxHIZMUjYY
— Carolyn Parrish (@carolynhparrish) September 8, 2023