Vandals target Boardman landmarks

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) — Electrical boxes, a welcome sign and a rock outside a middle school are just a few of the things damaged by a graffiti spree that police said happened sometime over the Memorial Day weekend.

Boardman Police Capt. Donald Lamping said there are serious consequences for acts of vandalism like this, especially since some of it was on government property. That makes the crime a felony.

“You have to think about the consequences of your actions. A lot of times people are doing things for attention’s sake and attention’s sake alone. Like ‘Look at what we have done, look at what we can do.’ Unfortunately for them, most people get caught, fortunately for us,” Lamping said.

Lamping said police don’t have any suspects at this time, but said because of how the graffiti looks, it could be a group of kids.

“A lot of times when kids do these things, or even adults, they do it without thinking and understanding what the consequences of the actions are. My hope would be they understand that there can and will be consequences and we are investigating and we keep on looking. And if we find someone that is responsible, we will arrest them,” Lamping said.

The rock outside of Boardman Glenwood Middle School also was a target. The school custodian did his best to clean off the wording, but there are still some visible paint drips.

The consequences could include hefty fines or jail time, not to mention the cost of fixing or replacing the damaged property.

“Just think about what you are doing to your community and to your neighbors and that none of them deserve to have this done to them,” Lamping said.

Anyone with information can call the Boardman Police Department at 330-726-4144.

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