May 23, 2018
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Police charge juveniles in graffiti spree in downtown Farmington

By Ann Bryant, Sun Journal

FARMINGTON, Maine — Two teenagers face charges after police investigated multiple incidents of graffiti found Friday morning in downtown Farmington.

Farmington police issued a summons Friday to two 17-year-old boys on a charge of criminal mischief for the spray-painted images on buildings behind Mainestone Jewelry, The Sensi Side and other Broadway businesses amounting to an estimated $750 in damage.

Ron Gelinas reported there was graffiti in the alley behind his store, Mainestone Jewelry, about 9 a.m. Friday morning. The graffiti was not there when a foo -patrol officer made his rounds through downtown about 10 p.m. Thursday, said Rachel Heseltine, Police Department secretary.

Police looked for suspects among a large group of people who hang out near The Sensi Side after school.

The police officer on duty that night spotted the name of one suspect who had been seen downtown about 3 a.m. Friday, she said.

That juvenile and another questioned reportedly admitted to the graffiti painting. Police believe there may be more involved but are charging only the two boys at this time.

Farmington Officer Ted Neil is checking to see if previous incidents of graffiti downtown are similar and have any connection with this incident.

Officer Bill Tanner and Sgt. Michael Adcock worked with Neil to investigate and charged the two juveniles, Police Chief Jack Peck said.

Farmington Downtown Association keeps a supply of graffiti remover available for downtown businesses.

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