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Park vandalism may be more than $20,000

March 21, 2014 News Extra

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CRANBERRY TWP — The estimated cost of vandalism to Graham Park this past weekend now is expected to rise above $20,000.

It was initially estimated at $10,000.

Jerry Andree, township manager, said this morning, “Right now, it’s at $20,000 (damage estimates), and we’re still calculating the costs. It could still go up.”

The Cranberry Township Community Chest has said it will donate $10,000 to help repair that vandalism.

Gretchen Moran, a community chest board member, said that the board of directors decided Wednesday night to give the money for repairs.

Almost all of the vandalism at the park occurred in a small area that honors the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Police said the vandals broke lighting, stole flags and threw items into a pond.

Township police are continuing to investigate the incident. They are checking businesses’ security cameras in the area to see if any of them caught images of the vandals entering or leaving the park.

Township police Sgt. Chuck Mascellino said police have determined that the vandals hit sometime Sunday night.

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

Mascellino said most of the damage had been repaired by Monday afternoon.

Moran said, “The community chest has a big interest in the park and the scouting plaza in particular, being that it was our community project in 2012. We were just devastated that somebody would do that and we wanted to help put it back together.”

Andree said that the township has insurance but as with any policy, when a claim is filed, premiums can increase. The $10,000 donation will help reduce the claim for damages.

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