Police charge 2 teenagers with Scarborough vandalism

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SCARBOROUGH — Two teenagers believed to be responsible for painting a swastika and graffiti at a Jameco Mill Road home were served with summonses Wednesday.

A 16-year-old Windham girl and a 17-year-old boy who lives in Old Orchard Beach were charged with aggravated criminal mischief, a Class C felony, in connection with the April 3 crime.

They are scheduled to be arraigned May 25 at Cumberland County District Court.

According to a Scarborough Police Department press release, investigators determined that while the incident was “not a random act” and the “residence was targeted,” the crime was not hate-based.

Officers “didn’t find anything about the conduct” to be motivated by a bias against race, color, religion, age, gender or mental disability, Sgt. Rick Rouse said Thursday morning.

Rouse said his best guess was that the teenagers used the swastika “to get a reaction.” The residents of the home are not Jewish, nor were the “perpetrators purported to be Nazis or white supremacists,” Rouse said.

Rouse said one of the suspects knows the family that owns the home that was defaced, but would not release details about their relationship.

He also would not disclose how police were led to the suspects.

The two teenagers are believed to be part of a group responsible for vandalizing the concession stand at Wiley Field off Tenney Lane and egging a house on Coulthard Farms Road the same weekend the Jameco Mill Road was vandalized, Rouse said.

Alex Acquisto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or aacquisto@theforecaster.net. Follow Alex on Twitter: @AcquistoA.

Scarborough police on Wednesday, April 13, charged two teenagers with painting a swastika and expletives on the driveway, mailbox and garage door of a Jameco Mill Road.

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South Portland and Scarborough reporter for The Forecaster. Graduate of Western Kentucky University and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Alex can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106.