Four area students have admitted their involvement in the vandalism of the Porta Potty in Phoenix Park last week.
As stated in a press release issued by the Washington Police Department:
"The recently installed cameras at the park recorded the incident and the video was distributed to local media in an attempt to identify the suspects. It was also placed on the Washington Police Department Facebook page. Shortly thereafter, information was received that our efforts should focus on a specific individual at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School. In coordination with the high school, the suspect, a white male 17 years of age, was interviewed in the presence of his parents and admitted his involvement. Additional investigation revealed the other three suspects. They are also white males about 17 years of age, two from Borgia and one from Washington High. They also admitted their involvement to investigators. The Porta Potty sustained at least a cracked roof as a result of this vandalism."
The City of Washington has invested in surveillance cameras at the various Parks facilities to help curb vandalism. Washington Police Chief Ken Hahn stated they are already helping.
“We have been able to solve incidents of vandalism at the fairgrounds and now Phoenix Park. These cameras are a wonderful tool, and together with the public’s help in identifying potential suspects they would in essence pay for themselves,” advised Chief Hahn. The use of social media is also an investigative tool for law enforcement.
“Utilizing Facebook, Twitter, and other forms of social media is becoming a common investigative tool for law enforcement. We also use our Facebook page to advise our citizens of local crime, special events, crime victim tips, and a variety of other items,” stated Chief Hahn.
All citizens are encouraged to “Like” the police department’s Facebook page “Washington Police Department.”
The investigation into the Phoenix Park vandalism is being compiled. Upon conclusion, appropriate charges will be sought.