By Ian Shalapata
(TORONTO, ON) – In an on-going saga of vandalism, Toronto Catholic school board trustee Frank D’Amico is out of pocket close to $10,000 as malcontents have repeatedly caused damage to his and his family’s vehicles, on seven occasions since November.
Over the course of the past seven months, D’Amico has seen his car spray painted, tires slashed, a brick tossed through his rear window, paint thrown on the vehicle, and even nails littering his driveway. Without know who or why this was happening, Toronto Police were at a loss in apprehending any suspects.
“It keeps me up late and I have missed a few meetings,” D’Amico told The Square. “I like visiting my schools first thing in the morning and the criminals have been slowing me down.”
In the meantime, D’Amico, who is also an Canadian Army veteran, continues to endure the wrath of unknown assailants.
Part of one theory, D’Amico has often been the deciding vote on many issues at the dysfunctional school board. He thinks that maybe his voting record could be the cause of the attacks. However, he can’t be sure what the actual motivation is.
“It could be because I am a deciding vote,” D’Amico said. “When these guys lose their votes it is always by one vote. It maybe has to do with the new sex-ed curriculum. Or a while ago it might have been because of the Gay Straight Alliance issue.”
Responding to the lack of progress by police, D’Amico purchased a video surveillance system and has filmed the perpetrators in actions. He’s then posted the videos to social media in an attempt to identify the creeps.
The latest occurrence happened this week. A woman is seen, in the video, nonchalantly walking up to D’Amico’s car and squatting down to puncture a tire. The knife-like object can be seen in her hand before the car visibly moves as the air leaves the tire.
In another video, a different person is seen spray painting his family’s SUV before being scared away by an approaching person. D’Amico doesn’t recognize either of the persons featured in the videos.
While D’Amico has reported the incidents to Toronto Police, an investigator has yet to be assigned to the case.
“I just really want these guys to get caught,” he said.