Burlington struck by mass vandalism this morning
Mayor cites criminal justice, mental health system failure for repeat offender
Mbyayenge “Robbie” Mafuta, 21, a South Burlington High School graduate, reportedly smashed bus stop windows and windows in 33 homes on Locust Terrace and other locales in Burlington.
Mayor Miro Weinberger issued the following statement on the vandalism which occurred this morning in Burlington.
“This morning’s mass vandalism caused widespread destruction and fear in this city that Burlingtonians should not have to endure. It is highly frustrating that the suspect has previously been arrested numerous times by Burlington police, but neither the criminal justice system nor the mental health system has taken the actions necessary to either support Mr. Mafuta or prevent this crime from occurring. Burlington needs help from our law enforcement and mental health partners to sustain the peace and safety that this community has long enjoyed.”
Weinberger’s statement came as Chittenden County voters decide today whether to oust George Soros-backed prosecutor Sarah George, whose no-bail, catch and release tendencies have drawn criticism from residents tired of repeat crime.