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Safety issues possible after ski hill suffers damage during break-ins

'We've been having a lot of trouble out there lately' - Mt. Dufour Ski Hill managing director David Brunet
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The managing director of Elliot Lake's publicly-owned Mt. Dufour Ski Hill says the break-ins and vandalism that have been taking place at the city-owned non-profit facility must be stopped.

David Brunet responded to a report issued by East Algoma OPP on Tuesday pleading for public assistance to help police deal with the problem.

He said it could be a matter of life and death.

Police issued a news release asking for public assistance after numerous incidents of vandalism, including destroying property, damaging equipment, applying graffiti and break-ins.

Brunet said it's been an ongoing issue for about a year, but things have escalated this fall.

"We have been having a lot of trouble out there lately," Brunet said.

"Last fall, someone threw rocks through the back window of the chalet resulting in approximately $500 in damages.

"This past May, someone broke into our groomer garage, played around with a few things, then took the fire extinguisher out of the groomer and set it off in the bush. Damage to the garage door was approximately $ 300.

"At the same time, someone broke into the chairlift motor building and the control building and spray painted graffiti causing approximately $300 in damages."

Brunet also said that earlier this month approximately $400 in damage was caused when someone broke into the control/atendants hut at the top of the hill. 

"We are getting tired of it and something  needs to be done," Brunet said.

"I'm very concerned about people playing with the chairlift and causing some catastrophic accident. They don't understand how dangerous this could be," Brunet added.

"The best comparison that I can make is this. Imagine someone going into an apartment building and fooling around or causing problems in the control/machine room of an elevator.    

"Then people get in the elevator and the car falls all the way down eight floors and crashes to the bottom, killing everyone in it. It's that serious."

East Algoma OPP ask anyone with information to contact police at 1-888-310-1122. 

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit information online.