Recent vandalism in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, has taken two of the community’s school buses off the road.

The Pulaarvik Kablu Friendship Centre runs the bus services for students in Rankin Inlet. George Dunkerly, the centre’s executive director, says both buses have been vandalized in recent weeks.

"One bus had two fire extinguishers emptied in the back of it and the other one had some seat covers were torn up," he said.

The vandals also reached up inside the dash and yanked the wire and harness out of one bus.

Dunkerly estimates it'll cost more than $1,000 to fix the buses. The centre doesn't have extra money in its budget, so that may mean less money for its programs, he said.

The centre also had another vehicle stolen this month.

RCMP Sgt. Kim Melenchuk says there have been 15 vehicle thefts reported recently in the community.

"We've been fortunate enough to gather enough evidence to charge some youth and some adults," he said.

He encourages people with information about thefts and vandalism to contact the RCMP.

Dunkerly says there no suspects yet in the bus vandalism. He says the buses should be running again on Monday.