Criminal mischief investigation ongoing after Pride crosswalk damaged

Lethbridge Police continue to investigate deliberate damage to the Pride crosswalk and are treating the matter as an incident of hate-motivated mischief.

The investigation is ongoing but to date has determined that on June 14, 2017 between 10:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. black Tremclad paint was poured on the recently painted rainbow cross walk at the intersection of 3 Avenue and 6 Street South. Two cans of paint were located nearby and seized for forensic processing.

The damaging substance was initially reported to police as tar and manure, but investigation determined a clean-up crew that had been dispatched during the early morning hours had in fact used peat moss in an effort to absorb the black paint.

Police are asking anyone who was in the area of 3 Avenue South and 6 Street South between 10:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night, and may have observed suspicious people or vehicles, to come forward. Call police at 403-328-4444 or if you wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Anonymous tips can also be submitted online at Crime Stoppers will pay cash for information leading to an arrest.


No further information is available to release at this time.