Vandals damage cemetery in Bath

Posted Aug. 02, 2011, at 5:16 p.m.

BATH, Maine — Bath police say charges will be forthcoming after vandals did almost $1,500 in damage to historic fences and gravestones in the city’s Maple Grove Cemetery on Sunday morning.

The vandalism was reported to police by city caretakers just before 8 a.m. Sunday, Bath police Lt. Stan Cielinski told The Times Record on Monday afternoon.

Earlier Sunday morning, Cielinski said, Officer Michael Lever issued summonses to two male juveniles, ages 12 and 15, on charges of illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. Cielinski said evidence discovered at the graveyard linked the two juveniles, as well as others, to the crime scene. He said more charges related to the cemetery incident likely will be levied.

Just before 1 a.m. Sunday, Lever allegedly was called to the nearby Maritime Apartments complex in response to a complaint that a juvenile who had caused trouble there in the past and had been asked not to return had been seen on the property.

Cielinski said Lever, once on the scene, investigated noises he heard at the nearby Maple Grove Cemetery, where he allegedly discovered a group of “four or five” juveniles, who ran when the officer arrived. Lever then reportedly caught up to two of the youngsters and issued summonses for the alleged alcohol consumption, but Cielinski said the officer did not observe any damage to the graveyard property in the dark of the night.

In the morning, when city caretakers arrived, Cielinski said, they discovered the vandalism. He said evidence at the scene indicated that the previously charged juveniles, as well as their associates who allegedly ran from Lever seven hours earlier, were responsible for the damage.

Cielinski said police estimate vandals caused between $1,200 and $1,500 in damage to a wrought-iron fence and gravestones near the Davenport memorial plot.

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