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Rindge police say they’ve found pancake syrup vandal

  • Rindge police say they’ve identified the individual responsible for Halloween vandalism. Courtesy photo



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Friday, November 16, 2018 1:56PM

Rindge police say they know who poured pancake syrup on two police cruisers last month. The juvenile in question has confessed to the crime, police said, adding that because of his age he will not be named by police, but will likely face juvenile charges.

Detective Rachel Malynowski said no charges or other action against the minor has occurred at this time as the department is still investigating a spate of vandalism that took place in the area of the Rindge common on the same evening.

“The investigation into the totality of the situation is ongoing,” Malynowski said. “We will defer until we figure out how many suspects we can identify.”

Malynowski said the juvenile in question has confessed to the crime.

Approximately 30 juveniles were involved in toilet papering the town common, throwing bottles at passing cars, and lighting a couch on fire in the intersection of Main Street and School Street, among other things late on Saturday, Oct. 20 and into the early hours of the next day.

Police were able to identify the juvenile who poured pancake syrup on the police cruisers as he was caught by the surveillance camera at the police station – where the cruisers were parked.

The fire department initially responded to the vandalism as both police officers on duty were at Franklin Pierce University dealing with an assault where a visiting juvenile had to be taken to the hospital.

Fire department personnel saw the vandals first hand after returning from an accident scene. The department’s brush truck responded to the scene, which caused the juveniles to flee.

Following the incident, Rindge Police Chief Daniel Anair called for the end of the Halloween tradition, as this year’s vandalism was the worst he saw in his 17 years working for the Rindge Police Department.