2 boys, 13, charged over Woolwich Memorial Centre vandalism

Waterloo Regional Police say they have arrested two teenage boys in connection with a vandalism spree at the Woolwich Memorial Centre.

Police say they received many tips from the public leading up to the arrests

Windows facing the the Woolwich Memorial Centre's pool deck were smashed, forcing the pool to be drained and vacuumed to ensure no shards of glass were left behind. (Amanda Grant/CBC)

Two 13-year-old boys from Elmira and Kitchener have been arrested and charged in connection with a massive New Year's Eve vandalism spree which resulted in over $100,000 in cleanup costs alone.

The charges include break and enter, theft under $5000, mischief over $5000, and possession of stolen property. Both teens have been released and are currently in the custody of their parents.

News of the charges comes two days after vandals broke into the community centre, smashing windows, spraying fire extinguishers and destroying electronics throughout the building. Among their targets included a fish tank; the fish inside it were thrown into the community centre's pool.

Staff Sergeant Shaena Morris of Waterloo Regional Police says tips from the public were extremely helpful in catching the two suspects. 

"We're really impressed with the engagement of the community in this entire incident and because of the tips that they provided, that led us to the arrests," said Morris. 

Police say they do not expect to make any further arrests in relation to this case. 

The value of the damages inflicted on the facility is not yet known.