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Police looking for suspects after Carleton Place beach, soccer field vandalized

Photos submitted by OPP

Lanark OPP are reporting further incidents of vandalism in Carleton Place, and police are hoping the public can provide assistance in tracking down those responsible for “extensive damage” to recreational facilities in town.

The OPP’s Media Relations Officer Bill Dickson told Lanarkist that police “can’t speculate on any potential connection” between incidents of vandalism in Carleton Place reported last week, but “the nature of the incidents is quite different.”

A June 13 media release explains that the first incident happened at the soccer field, at the intersection of Woodward and Boyd Streets, in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 9, around 2:30 a.m. 

Then, on June 10, around 12:30 a.m., police say “the same culprits caused damage to the grounds at the Riverside Park Beach area on John Street.”  

In both incidents, a grey Jeep and two small motorcycles (mini-bikes or pocket bikes) were “being driven recklessly, deliberately causing extensive damage,” police say.

The OPP has released photos (above) of the two of the vehicles and individuals believed to be responsible.

“Vandalism is a crime and those responsible can face criminal charges,” the media release reads. “It also costs the municipality and community money to repair the damage and impacts local kids who play soccer on these fields.” 

If anyone has any information, or has relevant dashcam or doorbell video, they should contact the Lanark County OPP at 1-888-310-1122. If someone wants to provide information, but remain anonymous, they should call Lanark County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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