Vandals hit Pierre Body Shop and Hudson Legion Branch #115
IMAGE COURTESY PIERRE AUTO BODY
A screen capture of the random vandalism committed at Hudson's Pierre Auto Body on Main Road over the Labour Day weekend.
Vandalism reared its ugly head again in Hudson this past week with confirmed reports of weekend attacks on both a body shop business on Main Road and the Hudson Legion Branch #115 adjacent to the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre on Beach Road, as well as a manhole cover being removed at the entrance to the IGA parking lot and propped up against the flower-bed wall.
For Yves and Josée Legault, owners of Pierre Body Shop-Atelier de debosselage Pierre (1984) Inc. for the past 33 years, it was the second time in two weeks that glass panels in the garage door facing Main had been smashed. Both incidents recorded on the company's exterior security cameras. And logged in at 3:04 a.m. August 27 and 3:01 a.m. September 2.
Asked Josée in an exclusive interview with Your Local Journal. “Why? Why on earth would anyone want to do this? For what purpose? In all the years that we have been doing business here in Hudson, we have never hurt anyone. On the contrary, we have always been here to help people from throughout the region restoring their cars or fixing them up after an accident. And now we find ourselves fixing windows on our garage door. It is so disheartening.”
A sentiment echoed by Yves who, right after the first attack and together with Josée and employee Martin Thibeault, immediately installed additional cameras for better exterior coverage.
“The first time, because of the camera angles, we could not see their faces,” he told YLJ. “But this time, our video clearly shows three people walking on the opposite side of Main Road, then jumping over our walled flower beds, and then one of them smashing his fist through the glass panel, before they all ran away around the corner of our building.”
PHOTO BY JAMES PARRY
A very upset Yves and Josee Legault in front of the now-repaired glass-window door that has been twice vandalized in just two weeks.
On both counts, the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) was informed as well as, according to Yves Legault, all authorities including the Town of Hudson which was asked why the Hudson Community Patrol for which residents pay through their taxes was not out late of an evening or overnight checking the community.
Reached by Your Local Journal, Roy said, “We’ve doubled the patrol this year, especially to cover parks and trails.” Roy said six employees, up from the previous three, patrol the town to record and enforce penal infractions but not criminal matters.
“If they see criminal activity occurring, they can intervene,” he said. “They will call police immediately and can also intervene directly.”
Over at the legion according to manager, Joan Hughes, a very heavy BBQ grill located on the patio at the rear had been moved several feet up against an outside storage locker. The padlocked roof was jimmied off and two fire-starters were removed and placed against a nearby wooden gardening-tool shed used by residents of Manoir Cavagnal. They had not been lit.
Roy said the Community Patrol team, headed by Fire Chief Philippe Baron, has been apprised of the recent increase in vandalism and will increase its nighttime patrols.
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