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Vandals do $10,000 damage to Cranberry park

March 17, 2014 News Extra

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CRANBERRY TWP — Vandals caused at least $10,000 in damage over the weekend at Graham Park.

Cranberry Police Sgt. Chuck Mascellino said Monday afternoon that the damage was “extensive” and that the vandals threw “numerous items” into a fishing pond there.

They stole several American flags as well as flags representing both the Boy and Girl Scouts of America. In addition, there was damage to lighting fixtures as well as downspouts on several buildings.

Mascellino said public works crews discovered the damage early Monday morning and that most of the damage had been repaired by the afternoon.

He added that the vandals hit sometime over the weekend, although police aren’t sure exactly when. Police are canvassing nearby businesses along Rochester Road to see if any of them captured footage of the suspects entering or leaving the park.

Mascellino said this isn’t the first time vandalism has occurred in the township’s parks, but he added it could be the first instance in Graham Park.

“There’s been vandalism in our parks before,” he said. “But the value was a little higher this time on some of the things damaged because it’s a newer park.”

The park off Rochester Road near the Pennsylvania Turnpike is home to the Dick’s Sporting Goods Sportsplex and the Miracle League of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s baseball field.

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