On a roll: Youth continue annual toilet paper prank on common
Trees located on the Rindge Town Common were covered in toilet paper on Sunday morning. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »
Editor's note: This story was updated at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, to correct an error. No one was taken into police custody over this incident, and the juveniles responsible for the act were not caught in the act.
RINDGE — Police are keeping watch for what is assumed to be several people who covered multiple trees on the town common with toilet paper on Saturday night, according to Police Chief Frank Morrill. Others, or perhaps the same culprits, later hit the Police Department with multiple rolls of paper, too.
“‘Tis the season,” remarked Morrill in a phone interview on Monday, of the toilet-papered downtown area. “It would be unusual not to see it this time of year. If it’s not orange and black, it’s white.”
Youths hit the common with toilet paper just about every year in the weeks leading up to Halloween, said Morrill, mostly over the one or two weekends before the actual date. Usually, they come in advance and hide stashes of toilet paper around the common. Occasionally, police will find these stashes in advance and are able to remove them, he added.
On Saturday night, Rindge police officers found toilet paper in the trees on the common.The trees around the Second Rindge Meeting House were also papered, said Morrill. Later the same night, the Police Department was hit, too, according to Det. Jeff Seppala.
The town common is the most popular target for this brand of Halloween mischief, said Morrill. In the past, sometimes the Cathedral of the Pines up the road has been included, said Morrill, though not in the past few years. “I think we’ve managed to convey how disrespectful that is to do to a place of worship,” he said.
The prank isn’t considered to be criminal mischief, according to Morrill, because it doesn’t cause any actual damage. Instead, the alleged pranksters, if caught, will be charged with littering, which can amount to a $300 fine.
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