Ellenbrook childcare centre vandalised, owner prevented from opening on time

Pictures: David Baylis
Pictures: David Baylis

THE owner of a childcare centre in Ellenbrook said his business was prevented from opening after it was broken into and vandalised three times this month, causing $20,000 worth of damage.

The childcare centre on Banrock Drive, which was due to open in Annie’s Landing in April, will now be pushed back – causing strain on owner Paul Chemello.

Mr Chemello said the vandals, believed to be high school students, had thrown glue and paint on the floor and walls causing extensive damage.

“We were broken into three weeks ago and they caused damage, then again on Tuesday and then again last night,” he said.

“It’s going to delay us opening, impact parents who had their children booked in for childcare and hurt our turnover.”

Mr Chemello said he had reason to believe two teenage girls may be responsible.

“These kids think it’s all fun, but they have no idea how this is going to affect the rest of their lives,” he said.

“They have left fingerprints behind and they will get caught.”

Mr Chemello is offering a substantial reward for valid information reported to 0418 914 013.

“If anyone has any information or CCTV in the area please contact me,” he said.

The matter has been reported to police.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

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