Car windows smashed in at local trail parking lot

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A peaceful walk on a local trail turned to dismay on Tuesday morning when Christine Bonyun returned to the parking lot to find her car had been smashed into and several personal items stolen.

Bonyun, her daughter Lauren Stansens, and Stansens’ 2-year-old daughter, went for a walk at the East Duffins Headwaters, off Conc. 7, near Goodwood Rd., at about 10 a.m. As they were walking back towards the parking area, another trail user advised them of some damage he had seen to some vehicles in the lot when coming in. When the trio reached the parking area, Bonyun discovered that her car window had been smashed in and her purse with IDs, cash, credit cards, and children’s identification had been stolen.

Bonyun reports that she and her family were only on the trails for about 25 minutes before the weather got too cold and snowy and they decided to leave. She remarks that they even stayed on a section of the trail that ran near the road.

“It wasn't until my daughter said ‘Mom, your purse,’ that I really started to panic,” said Bonyun.

“The car is one thing, it can be replaced, but I carry everything with me in my purse. It’s a lesson I had to learn the hard way.” Bonynun’s wasn’t the only vehicle to suffer damage. The car parked next to them also had it’s window smashed in.

Stansens posted their misfortune on Facebook Tuesday afternoon, hoping to inform others that this sort of thing happens, even in this small community.

“I wanted to make a post about it to help make everybody aware so they can stay safe moving forward,” she said.

A representative of the Kawartha Conservation Authority reached out to the family after seeing the Facebook post and advised them to call Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), which manages that section of the trails. Although Bonyun reported the incident to police, according to a representative at the TRCA, there is a “lack of communication” between law enforcement and the conservation authority, which patrols and monitors the trails. The TRCA representative who spoke with Bonyun reportedly noted that, with better communication, the conservation authority could better serve the trails, and that by “being aware of any malicious activity, they could better patrol the trails to keep its users safe.”

“My family walks those trails frequently, said Bonyun, “but after today, I doubt you’ll see us there anytime soon.”

Bonyun said she’s grateful that no one was hurt physically, and she hopes that her story will help others be more cautious in the future.

Justyne Edgell, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Uxbridge Cosmos