ROCKLAND — Police responded Friday morning, Aug. 12 to numerous incidents of graffiti being spray-painted on properties across the city.

Among the targets hit by vandals was the CedarWorks playset at Mildred Merrill Park in Rockland.

Friday evening, Rockland police said they have identified several suspects and at least one was charged.

“We would like to thank those in the community who have come forward with information. We ask that anyone who has information and has not yet reached out, contact Sgt. Dan DuHamel at DDuhamel@RocklandMaine.Gov or by calling 207-594-0316, extension 244.”

“We appreciate the community’s patience as we continue to investigate this and will be releasing more information as soon as we are able,” the police stated.

The playset was donated to the Festival by CedarWorks. The playset was erected two weeks ago in advance of the return of the Maine Lobster Festival.

Festival President Celia Crie Knight said Aug. 12 she had no words to express her disappointment with what was done overnight. The Festival wants to keep the playset up at that location to allow children to have fun while their families are at the park. But, she added, she doesn’t want the playset destroyed.

She said she thought that the playset being in a very visible location would keep it safe from vandalism.

Knight said that volunteers were planning to try to remove or cover the graffiti. The graffiti includes hate words.

Rockland Police Chief Tim Carroll said Friday morning there were currently five incidents of vandalism/criminal mischief concerning spray painting/graffiti. They extended from Harbor Park to Admontem Avenue and North Main Street. The chief said the crimes appear to have happened between the 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday.