Southwest Harbor reports spate of vandalism

Posted Nov. 09, 2008, at 9:48 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 6:03 a.m.

SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine — It was just a week after Halloween when vandals struck, burning clumps of toilet paper and knocking over mailboxes and signs.

Lt. Mike Miller of the Southwest Harbor Police Department said Sunday that it all started late Friday night.

Around 1:10 a.m. Saturday a resident reported finding broken liquor bottles and damage to a planter in the Opera House area on Herrick Road. Trash cans were thrown on the school field and piles of toilet paper were thrown around and set on fire.

Pots and pans were thrown onto Main Street.

At 6:31 a.m. Sunday, police received a report that mailboxes and signs were damaged on Freeman Ridge Road. There also was a bent newspaper box and damage to a real estate sign.

Then at 8:18 a.m. there was a report again on Freeman Ridge Road that a newspaper box had been burned. “There was actually mail put in from a different resident and set on fire,” he said. “It melted that.”

The last incident was reported, Miller said, around 9:20 a.m. Pink and green paint was splattered on the window of a business on Seal Cove Road.

Miller said it was hard to say whether the vandalism was the act of one or several individuals.

He noted they have had problems with vandalism on Freeman Ridge Road in the past. “So we are thinking that some of the same people were involved,” the lieutenant said.

Anyone with information about the vandalism should call the Police Department at 244-7911.

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