Nine identified in vandalism of Memorial Field; damages estimated at $100,000

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Some of the worst of the graffiti was painted over Thursday, Aug. 28. Some of the worst of the graffiti was painted over Thursday, Aug. 28. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Middle Township police have identified nine people involved with the vandalism of Memorial Field in Cape May Court House, and the cost of the damage is significantly higher than first reported, an official said Friday, Aug. 29.

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Five females and four males are suspects in the case, said Middle Township Police Chief Christopher Leusner.

“There are eight juveniles and one adult,” he said.

Officials have not yet released the identity of the adult, the chief said, as it’s an active investigation. So far, no charges have been filed.

“We’re still in the process of interviewing folks,” Leusner said. “Some of the people live out of the area.”

Initial reports of the damage said only that the cost was above $2,000, making it a third degree crime.

“The damage is significantly higher,” Leusner said. “The school district will have to replace the whole track. The cost for that is estimated at $100,000.”

The chief said that detectives from the Middle Township Major Crimes Unit and the county Prosecutor’s office have identified the suspects and are conducting interviews.

Some of the graffiti at Memorial Field in Middle Township. Some of the graffiti at Memorial Field in Middle Township.


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