Vandals hit Great Barrington downtown, town beach

Tuesday August 21, 2012

GREAT BARRINGTON -- Seven young Pittsfield-area men went on a vandalism spree over the weekend, wrecking public and private property in town, according to local authorities.

Great Barrington police say the alleged vandals, ages 17 to 20, will be summonsed to Southern Berkshire District Court to answer charges they caused damage on several downtown streets and at the Lake Mansfield town beach.

Great Barrington police did not immediately release the suspects' names, or the charges against them, pending completion of the investigation.

While on patrol shortly after 4 a.m. Sunday, Officers Christopher Peebles and Chad Simmons reported finding slashed tires on parked cars, overturned trash cans and streets signs, graffiti, and broken clay planters in the downtown area.

A short time later, Peebles and Simmons responded to a citizen report of vandalism occurring at the town beach. According to police, the officers arrived in time to stop the seven suspects leaving the scene in a single vehicle. Their investigation determined the occupants were the ones responsible for the vandalism downtown and at the beach, which included damage to picnic tables, fence rails, water fountains and trash cans.

Town officials are still assessing the cost of the damages, according to Town Manager Kevin O'Donnell.


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