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WPD Makes Four May 17 Vandalism Spree Arrests

[CREDIT: Jennifer Kane] A view of one of two store doors smashed during a West Shore Road vandalism spree early Saturday, May 18, 2024.

[CREDIT: Jennifer Kane] A view of one of two store doors smashed during a West Shore Road vandalism spree early Saturday, May 18, 2024.
[CREDIT: Jennifer Kane] A view of one of two store doors smashed during a West Shore Road vandalism spree early Saturday, May 18, 2024. A week later, on May 24, police reported four vandalism spree arrests of local boys.
WARWICK, RI — Warwick Police report vandalism spree arrests of four boys stemming from a Friday May 17  series of spray-paint graffiti and malicious damage on and near West Shore Road discovered the next morning by businesses and residents.

During the latter part of the evening and early morning hours, Warwick Police responded to nineteen incidents of graffiti and vandalism in the Sandy Lane, West Shore Road area of the city, according to a statement from the department. Four juveniles were reportedly responsible for at least 15 incidents of spray paint graffiti that targeted businesses, residences, schools and other public buildings.

In addition, there were four incidents of vandalism to businesses and personal vehicles. Victims included  The Berry Joint smoothy and juice bar at 2424 West Shore Road, Dunkin Donuts, Burger King, and Warwick Veterans Middle School across the street, which was spray-painted.

“We are working with police, and have provided them with surveillance footage,” said Warwick School Committee Chairman Shaun Galligan, who said the graffiti may have been part of the spree.

Police report the youths apparently chose random targets for their malicious mischief, and some of the property was defaced with anti-police rhetoric.  Initial estimates to repair the damage is several thousand dollars.

Warwick Police conducted an investigation, aided by information developed by WPD Det. Gregory Accinno, resulting in the arrests of the four local juveniles.  These boys were released to their parents and they will be petitioned to the Family Court.

Police asked anyone with any other information to contact Det. Accinno at 401-468-4257 or e-mail: [email protected]

Rob Borkowski
Author: Rob Borkowski

Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of WarwickPost.com. Contact him at [email protected] with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.

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