Veazie police investigate vandalism spree

Posted Jan. 18, 2011, at 10:31 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 7:17 a.m.

Veazie police are beefing up their patrols in response to a recent vandalism spree.

Some of the incidents occurred late last week and the most recent was reported Monday, Veazie police Sgt. Paul Haslam said Tuesday afternoon.

Haslam said that sometime between late Thursday night and early Friday morning of last week, the Stonehouse Cafe and Graystone Mobile Home Park were struck by graffiti artists.

Based on evidence from the scene, two people were involved and they likely were accompanied by a dog, he said. Based on the sizes of the footprints left behind, one of vandals appeared to have been a man and the other a woman or a small man.

Haslam said that a black symbol was painted on a white gas tank behind the cafe. Haslam described the symbol as consisting of a circle with a slash through it, like those that appear on no-smoking and no-turn signs, he said. The letters “WP” were painted on the cafe marquee.

Meanwhile, at the trailer park, the letters “WP” also were sprayed onto one of the entrance signs.

Elsewhere during that approximate time frame, someone entered Graham School Senior Housing on Flagg Street. Residents reported that they heard noise coming from a shared sitting area above the library around 1 or 2 a.m. Friday. When they awoke, they noted that it appeared someone had spent the night there. The blinds were drawn but nothing appeared to have been taken or damaged.

Though the residential parts of the building are secure and visitors must be buzzed in before they can enter, uninvited people have been able to get into the common sitting room and the library, which aren’t secured, Haslam said, adding that police are going to work with the complex’s management to change that.

In what could be a related incident, police were back at the senior housing complex Monday to investigate a criminal mischief report, Haslam said. Citing a police report, Haslam said that someone apparently entered the library and used white acrylic paint and a small paintbrush to deface some game board boxes and the backside of one of the doors.

Whoever entered the complex painted the word “love” on the door as well as a peace sign and marijuana leaf, Haslam said. He said the report did not indicate whether the paint and brush were already in the library or the suspect or suspects brought them there. The art supplies were collected as evidence.

“So I guess we’re looking for a pot-smoking, peace-loving criminal,” he said.

Anyone with information that could help solve those cases should call 945-4636 and ask for the Veazie duty officer, Haslam said. (Dawn Gagnon, BDN)

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