Rindge “welcome” signs destroyed by vandals over the weekend

  • A welcome sign on the border of Rindge and Winchendon was smashed over the weekend. Staff photo by Ashley Saari

  • A welcome sign on the border of Rindge and Winchendon was smashed over the weekend. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/9/2019 5:36:02 PM

Two signs with a “Welcome to Rindge” message were smashed by vandals over the weekend.

The signs, owned by Franklin Pierce University, are located on Route 119 at the Fitzwilliam town line and Route 202 at the Winchendon town line.

The posts are intact, but the message board of both signs are knocked out.

The signs said, “Welcome to Rindge, Home of Franklin Pierce University.” They do not belong to the town, which has metal “Welcome to Rindge” signs on the borders.

Police were first notified of the vandalism on Sunday at around 1 p.m., according to police administrator Nicholas Roy, though it’s not known precisely when the vandalism took place.

Vandalism of this kind can result in charges of criminal mischief. In order to qualify as criminal mischief, the perpetrator must purposefully damage or vandalize someone else’s property. When the amount of property damage is under $1,000, it is usually considered a class A misdemeanor, and is punishable by a maximum of a year in prison. In cases where the property damage is more than $1,000, it can be considered a class B felony, which carries heftier penalties of up to three and a half to seven years in prison.

Anyone with information about the vandalism is encouraged to contact the Rindge Police Department.

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


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