Three arrested in city vandalism spree
Belfast — Belfast police charged three men in connection with a string of vandalism across the city Wednesday, Aug. 8.
Jacob Denham, 21, of Belfast, William C. Hurley, 20, of Swanville and Damien Saucier, 19, of Belfast were charged with aggravated criminal mischief.
Public Works Director Robert Richards said numerous items were thrown into the pool at City Park, including chairs, benches and cinder blocks. Richards also said some glass was broken in the pool, which means it will have to be drained, power washed and then refilled before it can be opened again.
"They pretty much threw everything that wasn't nailed down into the pool," he said.
In addition to the vandalism to the pool, Richards said the windows in the concession stand were broken and a soda machine was destroyed. He said the concession stand should be open again by tomorrow.
The extent of the vandalism to the pool is the first of its kind, but Richards said the concession stand has had its windows broken before.
Belfast Police Detective Bryan Cunningham said more charges could be pending based on the damage to the city pool alone.
Cunningham said the three men were captured on a game camera on Bridge Street, where a window was also broken.
Hurley and Saucier were released on bail, but Denham is still in custody and facing an additional charge of violating bail conditions, Cunningham said.
Cunningham said he has never seen a vandalism incident that impacts so many people.
"The Spot is losing business because his windows were smashed and he couldn't get somebody out there to fix them immediately. Kids won't be able to go swimming because the pool has to be drained because of the broken glass in it," he said.
MacLeod Furniture was also a victim of the vandalism. A large hole was broken in a front window of the business Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.
Scott MacLeod said the damage was discovered at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.
“I guess they came up from City Park and hit a bunch of places and made their way up Northport Avenue and out here,” he said.
This is not the first time the store has been vandalized, MacLeod said. Last year a similar incident occurred, but a different window was broken. MacLeod did not immediately know how much the window would cost to replace.
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