TWO City of Stirling security patrol officers were left bruised and battered after two teenage boys allegedly fought them and threatened them with a metal rod when they tried to restrain them at an abandoned building.
Police allege the boys broke into the abandoned former Karrinyup kindergarten on Blackdown Way on November 9 and vandalised the building, breaking windows, smashing glass and covering the walls with graffiti.
About $50,000 damage was caused to the building.
Mayor David Boothman praised the action of security officers in both investigating and detaining those caught red-handed in the act of destroying public property.
“Unfortunately we have reason to believe that more youths were involved in vandalising the property,” Mr Boothman said.
“It is unacceptable that youths take to this sort of activity, knowing full well that in doing so they are breaking the law and will face the consequences.
“It’s not fun, it’s senseless vandalism and it will not be tolerated.”
Vandalism and graffiti cost City of Stirling ratepayers over $1 million annually.
West Metropolitan police Senior Sergeant Gary McKay said vandalism and graffiti were heavily monitored in the city.
“The best way to avoid repeated offences is to clean up any graffiti or vandalism immediately,” Sen Sgt McKay said.
“The quicker it’s removed the less notoriety they get.”
The City is seeking the public’s assistance for any information they may have on the incident by contacting the police on 131 444 or the City’s security team on 9205 8555.