On March 6, Smithers RCMP received a report of graffiti in the downtown core that affected a local business.
The graffiti included the predominant tag “NFG”. This this was the first of many tags to follow in the town of Smithers and surrounding area.
To date, this graffiti has damaged eight business, two business vehicles, multiple city dumpsters, the Smithers Golf Course, Riverside Park campground, Bluff Mountain bike trails, Bulkley River bridge, Telkwa River bridge, a bridge along Telkwa River Road, the Telkwa Hankin Road underpass, and the new cross-country ski trail underpass on Hudson Bay Mountain Road.
Currently, Smithers RCMP are investigating 13 files associated to the exact same tags; “NFG”, “NISK” “NOKS” and “ELKS”.
On June 2, Smithers RCMP arrested a 23-year-old in relation to these offences. He was released on a promise to appear for Smithers Provincial Court June 30.
Police do not believe that this man was acting alone and are requesting anyone with information to come forward. It is imperative that any additional suspects be identified and dealt with accordingly.
If you have any information that could assist in the investigation, please contact the Smithers RCMP at 250-847-3233 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
Cpl. D.J. (Dave) Tyreman