Police charge adult, 8 juveniles in vandalism of Memorial Field

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Vandalism at Memorial Field was painted over last week. Vandalism at Memorial Field was painted over last week. CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – One adult and eight juveniles have been charged with criminal mischief and criminal trespass in connection with the Wednesday, Aug. 27 vandalism of Memorial Field in Cape May Court House.

On Aug. 27 at 5:30 a.m. officers responding to the recreation field found that suspects had spray painted racial slurs and profanity on the track and on the buildings in the Memorial Field Complex. Video surveillance helped police identify nine suspects.

William Boucher, 18, North Cape May, was charged on a summons, according to a statement from Middle Township police.

Police charged eight juveniles from 15 to 17 criminal mischief, 3rd degree; criminal trespass, petty disorderly; and harassment, disorderly persons; according to the statement.

Six of the juveniles are from Lower Township. Two are from Haverford, Pa.

According to the release, Middle Township Police Department has been working closely with the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Lower Township Police Department, Middle Township School District, and Lower Cape May Regional School District.

In the statement, police said, “Lower Cape May Regional School District has taken the incident seriously and will follow due process in accordance with its policies as it works with students and parents on corrective actions and training.”

Criminal mischief is a crime of the third degree when the amount of damage is over $2,000. The track sustained damage and may need to be replaced. Police said if that is the case the cost is approximately $100,000.

Any person convicted of an offense of criminal mischief, that involves an act of graffiti may be required to pay the owner of the damaged property monetary restitution in the amount of the damage caused by the act of graffiti, and to perform community service.

As part of the defendant’s adjudication the Prosecutor’s Office will seek restitution for damages.

If anyone has additional information on the incident, they are asked to call the Middle Township Police Department at 609-465-8700, or make an anonymous call to Cape May County Crime stoppers at 609-465-2800.


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