Fourth time a failure for corn barn vandal

A suspect who allegedly used his truck as a battering ram on a Luckakuck Way Sparkes Corn Barn tried the trick once too often.

A vandal used a white pickup truck to ram into this corn barn on four separate occasions

Ian Sparkes looked into the eyes of a Chilliwack teenager Tuesday and did his best to fight back anger.

The kid was dragged over to Sparkes’ place by his father to apologize for blatant acts of vandalism that left one of Ian’s popular green and yellow corn barns damaged beyond repair.

Four nights last week the teenager allegedly rammed his white pickup truck into the barn, on Luckakuck Way.

“He showed up the first time last Tuesday, then again Wednesday around 11:30 p.m.,” Ian said. “He was back Saturday morning around 1:35 a.m. and then one final time on Monday morning at 12:50 a.m.”

Ian knows the times because he set up surveillance and has time-stamped images of the white truck at the scene.

“We already knew who they were because they drove by during the day revving their engine,” Ian said. “But we didn’t want them to know we knew until they were caught in the act.”

The fourth time the truck showed up, a surprise was waiting.

Ian wouldn’t confirm it was a home-made spike belt that shredded the tires.

“It appears he perhaps hit the barn so fiercely that something fell off and destroyed all four of his tires,” Ian suggested on the Sparkes Corn Barn Facebook page. “Vandalism is getting expensive for this young fellow.”

Pictures are posted on the page of four tires and rims completely chewed up.

“There were chunks of rubber going down the road to the truck’s final resting place,” Ian chuckled. “This cost him $3000 in tires and rims plus a lot of public humiliation.”

The suspect and his alleged accomplices were identified and ripped into on Facebook, to the point where Ian almost started feeling sorry for them.

Almost.

“Me and my kids built five new corn barns, we work long hours seven days a week and something like this happens and it just boils over,” he said. “These kids had nothing to do with any of my employees or family. We don’t even know them. They don’t know us. They were just random idiots who thought they were cool and I don’t really care what happens to them.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Handgun pointing complaint draws strong RCMP presence at Chilliwack residence Wednesday night

One in custody after brief standoff involving Emergency Response Team and canine unit

Iconic Chilliwack store passes clothing racks on to downtown neighbours

Chilliwack Mission Thriftstore given racks and fixtures as downtown store closes for good

Exercise and cancer to be explored via webinar

UFV’s Dr. Iris Lesser to lead Zoom event for cancer patients and supporters

Overnight closures for Vedder dike gates this summer rather than full closure

Working with anti-dumping and angling advocates, City of Chilliwack came up with compromise

Fiscal statement from the feds lacked clear plan for economic recovery: MP Strahl

While Conservatives backed emergency supports, it’s now time for ‘transparent plan to guide recovery’

B.C. identifies 20 new COVID-19 cases, travellers specified in count

Pandemic total 3,028 cases, 51 people from outside Canada

Canadian policing organization calls for decriminalization of simple illicit drug possession

Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police want policing focus of opioid crisis to be replaced with a health one

Filing deadline in RCMP sexual-harassment class-action extended due to COVID-19

Plaintiffs now have until January 2021 to submit claims for up to $222,000

Jamie Bacon pleads guilty to charge in Surrey Six case

The plea brings an end to a complex legal case that has spanned more than a decade

Hefty undeclared driver charges piling up, ICBC warns customers

Average extra penalty $2,971 after an at-fault accident

Survey, hotline launched amid probe into racist blood-alcohol guessing game at B.C. hospital

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond has been appointed to lead an investigation by Health Minister Adrian Dix

B.C. appeals judge’s decision to leave three clubhouses in Hells Angels hands

The province has filed two notices of appeal related to the B.C. Supreme Court decision

Conservation officers relocate Spirit bear known to roam northwestern B.C.

Bear roamed valley north of Terrace for many years

B.C. premier applauds call to decriminalize drug possession

Police shouldn’t struggle with health issues, Horgan says

Most Read