Suspects filmed vandalizing the Olympic cauldron (VIDEO)
The Olympic Cauldron vandals were caught on camera, and now the Vancouver Police Department is sharing the video to help track down the suspects.
Over the weekend, some of the monument’s personalized glass plates were shattered. According to the Vancouver Convention Centre, “every piece of glass in the Vancouver 2010 cauldron is custom made,” and they are still investigating the cost of repairs. Police estimated the damage at around $10,000.
VPD Officer Jason Doucette said in a statement that the security video “of the two suspects destroying a piece of Vancouver’s Olympic history is infuriating.”
“Now that we’ve reviewed the footage, it’s obvious it was planned and deliberate,” he said.
According to police, at around 3:30 a.m. on October 1, two suspects were at Jack Poole Plaza for 12 minutes. Then, they approached the base of the cauldron before leaving.
When they returned 30 minutes later, one “approached the base of the cauldron with a tool, while the other appeared to pull out a camera to record the destruction”.
“These two will likely use the video to brag, and when they do, we hope their friends do the right thing and call the police,” Doucette said.
Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call the VPD or Crime Stoppers.
The Olympic Cauldron is one of Vancouver’s most iconic legacies from the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Located in Jack Poole Plaza near the Vancouver Convention Centre, the Olympic Cauldron is a permanent landmark 10 meters high.