Vandals caught on camera breaking into Orono Bog Boardwalk

Posted Aug. 02, 2011, at 6:29 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 03, 2011, at 9:43 a.m.

ORONO, Maine — Four youngsters were caught by a video surveillance camera breaking into the Orono Bog Boardwalk last week and police are asking for the public’s help in identifying them. Three benches were vandalized.

Two girls and two boys in their late teens or early 20s are seen in the video climbing over the locked gate at 7:07 p.m. July 24 and leaving the area at 7:28 p.m., Orono police Capt. Josh Ewing said Tuesday. One of the boys was carrying a skateboard.

“They climbed around the gate and walked past the camera,” he said.

The following day, officials who opened up the boardwalk reported about $100 in damage.

“Three of the benches were torn off from where they were bolted down and thrown into the woods,” Ewing said.

The bog walk allows visitors to walk or use wheelchairs to make their way through a northern peat bog. Located in the Bangor City Forest and on adjacent University of Maine property, it has more than 30,000 visitors annually.

A group of vandals raised havoc at the Orono Bog Boardwalk last September, causing so much damage that the mile-long boardwalk was forced to close. They were never caught.

“Every year, vandals damage the boardwalk, and this year the people at the boardwalk were smart enough to put up a video camera,” Ewing said.

The video of the four youngsters breaking into the bog walk was posted on YouTube, and Ewing requested that people view it and call the police department at 866-4000 if they know the people pictured.

Those who want to leave an anonymous tip can go to the department’s website and select the “Crime Watch” link, he said.