TRENTON, ONT. - Outrage from across Canada has poured in to Quinte West city hall after a man was caught on tape ripping up plants at the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial site on Wednesday.
Quinte West OPP continue to search for a unidentified man and on Thursday released additional stills taken from the surveillance camera.
Mayor John Williams has received dozens of e-mails and phone calls from people across the province and Canada.
“This just isn't about Quinte West,” he said. “This about a memorial that tells an important and very emotional story.
"It is a memorial that has received support from across the country. People are very disgusted by what has happened.”
The memorial was the site of an emotional ceremony Saturday and attended by hundreds of family members of soldiers killed in the war-torn country.
Police said the man is between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-10 with a slim build, and wore light-coloured jeans, a light-coloured, bomber-style jacket with a hood, dark ball cap and work boots.
The video shows the man tearing up plants, dropping them and then walking out of camera view at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.
The memorial itself was not damaged and five wreaths of remembrance at the foot of the memorial were untouched.
Williams said he's still furious.
“It's not only me," Williams said. "Everyone is upset. I hope they catch the individual very soon.
“If and when an individual is convicted he/she should be made to stand on a street with a sign, just like they do in the States.”
The OPP identification unit was on scene Wednesday attempting to lift finger prints from one of the granite pieces that make up the memorial.
City public works crews managed to salvage the plants.
An additional camera will be installed near the memorial.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Quinte West detachment of the OPP at 613-392-3561 or the local chapter of Crime Stoppers.