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Police looking into graffiti at skate park, Knowlton and Alden streets

By Susan Mustapich | Jun 07, 2021

CAMDEN — Camden police are looking into who spray-painted swastikas and vulgar images at the skate park and on Knowlton and Alden streets.

The graffiti occurred sometime during the night of June 5 and was reported to the Police Department the morning of June 6, according to Officer Wesley Butler.

Two swastikas and another image were spray painted on a retaining wall at the skate park.  A trash can and a sign in the park, a wood railing and stone bridge on Knowlton and a crosswalk on Alden were hit with paint.

Butler spoke with kids using the skate park June 6, who said they did not know who did this, but told him they would look into it.

Whether or not the swastikas were painted as a hate crime would be looked into, Butler said June 7.

Camden Police Chief Randy Gagne said no suspects had been identified as of June 8. In the meantime, town staff has been working to remove the graffiti.

"Parks and Recreation and Public Works staff "were out most of the day yesterday doing their best to remove it. We will look at things today and if needed take further measures," he said.

Town employees used pressure-washing to remove paint on the bridge and Alden Street crosswalk, and paint remover at the skate park, according to Public Works Assistant Director Rick Siebel.



Swatstikas, vulgar images and blue and pink spray paint was found the morning of June 6 and reported to the Camden Police Department.
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Comments (4)
Posted by: Karen A Grove | Jun 10, 2021 19:14

look for "teen charged with criminal mischief" posted by Village Soup today,  There are comments there.

Posted by: Judy Lindahl | Jun 10, 2021 16:44

It has been updated but can’t be read on VS website for some reason.

Posted by: Judy Lindahl | Jun 10, 2021 16:41

It’s a sad story. When this story is updated I hope it turns out that the person turns him/herself in. That would be the best way to start a conversation about why this type of graffiti is so hurtful.

Posted by: Karen A Grove | Jun 07, 2021 19:17

To the person who did this anti-Semitic tagging and defacing of public property, this is unacceptable in a civil society.  I’m sure thought you were being cool, but no.  You are a direct reflection of your parents.  This behavior is not taught in school so either Mom and Dad taught you or would be ashamed of you.  Either way, you lose.

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