Multiple signs on Cathedral Road in Rindge vandalized

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    Signs on Cathedral Road in Rindge have been vandalized with graffiti reading "Hi," symbols scribbled over and speed limit numbers changed. STAFF PHOTO BY ASHLEY SAARI—

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    Signs on Cathedral Road in Rindge have been vandalized with graffiti reading "Hi," symbols scribbled over and speed limit numbers changed. STAFF PHOTO BY ASHLEY SAARI—

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    Signs on Cathedral Road in Rindge have been vandalized with graffiti reading "Hi," symbols scribbled over and speed limit numbers changed. STAFF PHOTO BY ASHLEY SAARI—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 5/18/2022 1:45:50 PM

More than a dozen signs on Cathedral Road were vandalized in the past few days, according to Rindge police.

About 18 signs along the road were spray-painted with graffiti, according to a post by Chief Rachel Malynowski on the Rindge Police Department Facebook page.

“Not only is this criminal but, quite simply, it looks bad. Please respect the roadways and properties in Rindge,” Malynowski wrote.

This kind of vandalism is a crime, Malynowski stated.

“We know that there has been a ‘tradition’ for graduating high school seniors to paint their names/initials/schools in the roadways, and it's that time of year again,” Malynowski wrote in the post. “However, even this is not ‘harmless’ or ‘victimless’ and is considered to be criminal mischief.”

Criminal mischief is a Class A misdemeanor if the damage caused is more than $100 but less than $1,500. If the damage is in excess of $1,500, or if the act created a “substantial interruption or impairment of public communication, transportation, supply of water, gas, or power, or other public service,” it can rise to the level of a Class B felony.

Often, Malynowski wrote, graffiti is unable to be removed from signs and each sign has to be replaced after being vandalized.

“Each sign has a specific function and has been posted at that precise location for a reason … primarily to ensure the safety of passing motorists. Similarly, painting roads may distract drivers. To compromise the integrity of the signs and roads may result in tragedy,” Malynowski wrote.

If anyone has information about this incident, or can assist with identifying suspects, contact the Rindge Police Department at 603-899-5009 or the Cheshire County Dispatch at 603-355-2000.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 603-924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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