5-minute smashing spree

Rob Gibson

UPDATE: 1:30 p.m.

The president of Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery says an early morning vandalism spree isn't the first time his business has been targeted.

Tyler Dyck says his large front window, which took a heavy pounding during this latest incident, was also smashed about six weeks ago.

He says conditions around his storefront have slowly deteriorated since a Tim Hortons opened next to him a year ago.

"Our thefts have gone up. A couple of times a day, we'll get people walking in, just grabbing a bottle and walking out," he said. "You can't tackle them. Some of them even say thanks.

"Between that, or just causing disturbances or harassing people out front, it's unfortunately gotten to be a little bit of an issue that the city's not, I think, dealing with seriously."

Dyck did acknowledge this latest incident wasn't committed by a street person.

"This was just some delinquent kid who decided he was going to cause some damage."

ORIGINAL: 12:40 p.m.

A 15-year-old boy was taken away by police after he went on a destructive rampage inside Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery on Bernard Avenue in downtown Kelowna early Wednesday.

The teen smashed a side window to get into the store shortly before 1 a.m., and spent about five minutes throwing bottles of alcohol against windows and walls, tossing chairs against a front window, and generally busting up the place.

Company CEO Tyler Dyck says a couple of homeless Good Samaritans grabbed the suspect as he left the store and held him until police arrived.

Dyck figures the teen, who was said to be drunk at the time, caused about $10,000 in damage.

He expects he will pay the bill himself rather than make a claim against his insurance.

It doesn't appear the boy took anything as he left.

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