ELLSWORTH, Maine — Police have charged three local teenagers in connection with a spray-painting spree in the downtown area last weekend.
The teen boys — two 16-year-olds from Ellsworth and a 17-year-old from Hancock — were charged with criminal mischief on Wednesday, according to Lt. Harold Page of the Ellsworth Police Department. They reportedly confessed to spray painting graffiti on 14 buildings and other structures, including businesses and apart-ment buildings, in the downtown area.
Detective Dottie Small said police received a tip on its Facebook page that led to the apprehension of the three teens. The department had posted pictures of the vandalism on its Facebook page and asked members of the public to call in if they had any information.
“We got an anonymous tip,” Small said. “Someone recognized some of the artwork.”
Under questioning, all three admitted that they had done the spray painting. In addition, Small said, two of the teens confessed to spray painting properties on Mariaville Road last week.
The three teens are scheduled to appear in Ellsworth District Court in October, where they could face felony charges if the District Attorney’s Office combines all of the individual properties targeted into one charge, according to Page. The cost of damages for the combined incidents could elevate the crimes to a felony, he said.
The three boys could have a chance to atone for their crimes before their court appearance, according to Small. A local painter, Doug Danico of Four Season Painting, who is working on a job at Ellsworth City Hall, has volunteered to supervise the three teens if they are willing to clean up some of the damage they’ve done. Ac-cording to Small, all three have indicated they would show up Thursday morning to begin the cleanup.
The case remains under investigation and others could be charged, according to Small.