ORONO, Maine — At least two of the five juveniles identified as suspects in the late Monday afternoon vandalism of several sections of the Orono Bog Boardwalk are being issued summonses for criminal mischief.
In all, five teenagers believed to have been part of the group which vandalized benches and railings in 16 of the nearly mile-long boardwalk’s 509 sections have been interviewed by Orono police officers.
One, a 16-year-old from Eddington who has prior involvement with police officers, has received a summons for the Class E offense, which carries a fine up to $1,000 and up to six months in jail.
“They could get fines and/or have to repair the damage or provide community service, but jail time is absolutely unlikely,” said Orono police Capt. Josh Ewing.
The other teens involved in the incident are a 15-year-old from Carmel and three — ages 15, 16, and 17 — from Bangor. All are males.
“We’re certain that the one who has already gotten a summons actually did damage,” Ewing said. “We’re not certain all five did damage, but there are definitely two who actively participated.”
Ewing said the Bangor 17-year-old will likely also receive a summons despite no obvious priors and that punishment will be determined by the juvenile division of the Maine Department of Corrections Probation Services in Bangor.
Ewing made it a point to thank the public for help it provided in identifying all five teenagers, who entered the boardwalk around 4 p.m. Monday and exited 45 minutes later, attracting the attention of a boardwalk volunteer.
“We got a lot of help from the public, and we’re very grateful for the tips we’ve gotten, which directly helped us identify the suspects,” he said.
The teens caused approximately $140 worth of damage to three benches and a dozen railings along the bog walk.