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Northeastern Police ID suspects in 30 vandalism cases

Junior Gonzalez
York Dispatch

Northeastern Regional Police say they have identified at least three suspects in an ongoing investigation of more than 30 cases of reported vandalism.

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In a Sunday afternoon post on its Facebook page, the police department stated it had received 14 criminal mischief reports of damage to homes by BB gun pellets by Sept. 3.

The reports were “identical in nature” to several reports of damage to homes and vehicles received by the police department in August, the Facebook post states.

Along with similar incidents reported to Newberry Township Police, there are more than 30 cases of reported damage to homes and vehicles in the two service areas, the post said.

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In the course of the vandalism investigation, a Northeastern Regional Police officer identified three suspects, two of whom were found to be connected to another incident in May.

Northeastern Regional Police are not releasing the names of the suspects until felony criminal mischief charges are formally brought before a magistrate, according to Northeastern Regional Lt. Howard Daniels.

Daniels said the police department expects felony charges because damages from the incidents are estimated to exceed $5,000.

"Hopefully folks will get restitution," Daniels said.

Two of the three suspects were arraigned Saturday on arson, criminal mischief, theft and stolen property reception charges stemming from a May barn fire on Locust Street in East Manchester Township, according to the Facebook post.

The barn and its contents were a total loss, police said. Fire department officials at the time estimated the loss at $80,000.