Youths cause up to $1,500 damage in Bath cemetery

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BATH — Vandals caused between $1,200 and $1,500 worth of damage at Maple Grove Cemetery Sunday morning, according to the Police Department.

Lt. Stan Cielinski said Officer Mike Lever responded to a call at 12:45 a.m. about a juvenile at Maritime Apartments who was not supposed to be there. When Lever arrived he could hear voices in the cemetery, which abuts the apartment complex.

Lever entered the cemetery and found “four or five kids” running away. Two boys – ages 12 and 15 and both from Bath – stopped and were found to have been drinking. They were issued summonses for possession of alcohol by consumption.

At about 7:45 a.m. Sunday police received a report of damage in the cemetery. Cpl. Nathan Gould and Officer Keith Jensen investigated and found property that connected the boys who were apprehended in the cemetery the previous night, Cielinski said.

He said pieces were broken off of an iron fence around one of the cemetery plots, at least one gravestone was damaged and a heavy steel hasp on a crypt was damaged.

The 12-year-old boy was issued another summons, on charges of trespassing and criminal mischief. Two other boys, ages 15 and 17, were also charged.

They will be in West Bath District Court on Sept. 12.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.