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Teen charged with criminal mischief for skate park graffiti

By Susan Mustapich | Jun 09, 2021
A juvenile male has been charged with criminal mischief for spray painting town property including the Knowlton Street bridge and skate park.

CAMDEN — A  14-year-old male was charged June 9 by Camden Police Officer Brook Hartshorn with criminal mischief for defacing the skate park and other town property with graffiti paint and images, including swastikas.

The graffiti was sprayed sometime during the night of June 5 and was reported to the Police Department the morning of June 6, according a police report.

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.

The criminal mischief charge is related to the damage to public property so that the town had to spend time to clean it up, according to Police Chief Randy Gagne.

Parks and Recreation and Public Works staff were out much of the day on June 7 power washing and using paint remover.

Police do not believe the painting of the swastikas is a hate crime. "It was more a male juvenile not fully understanding that symbol," Gagne said. "We hope that will be addressed with education through the juvenile process," he said.

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Comments (9)
Posted by: Wyatt Anderson | Jun 10, 2021 17:19

Paul Rosen,  I agree with you 100 percent!

Posted by: Margie Gerrish | Jun 10, 2021 16:32

Too bad they didn’t make the offender clean it up.

Posted by: Karen A Grove | Jun 10, 2021 12:57

I would like to see him write an apology to the town with a statement of his understanding of his wrong doing.  He doesn't need to sign it, just do it

Posted by: ANANUR FORMA | Jun 10, 2021 09:12

Perhaps this can bring about an article on loving one another, rather than hating with some history thrown in.

My guess is the teen did not have full comprehension of the meaning of this symbol and how painful a reminder it is.

I was brought up in Christian Science, However, all of my ancestry lineage on both sides is Jewish. As a kid I was glad no one knew that about me, as it brought up fear for me where I grew up.

Posted by: Paul Rosen | Jun 10, 2021 08:54

"The apple doesn't fall far from the tree".


Posted by: Valerie Wass | Jun 10, 2021 08:00

I do not know the parents of this teenager, therefore, I am not going to judge them. At 14, you no what is right and what is wrong.  The teenager should have consequences for his actions.

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jun 10, 2021 06:48

My parents did their very best to bring me up right and one of the most difficult things for me to face as an adult is the grief I brought to their hearts.  Thankful to have been taught to take personal responsibility for my actions. Still learning. :)

Posted by: Heidi Ruth Locke | Jun 10, 2021 06:48

Beyond poor parenting!! Total ignorance is more like it! Why didn’t the criminal clean and fix it afterwards!!! Unfortunately he’s under age so he won’t be charged with anything. Oh that’s right, this day and age the kids never do anything wrong they generally all get an award the end of the year. No accountability anymore!

Posted by: Gary Born | Jun 10, 2021 05:59

Poor parenting...

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