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Vandals hit Skaneateles, tag several buildings

The Skaneateles Police Department and members of the community are on the look out for those responsible for "tagging" various buildings throughout the lakefront village.

According to police Chief Lloyd Perkins, graffiti was spray painted on buildings at the Creamery on Hannum Street, on the outside of the Austin Ice Pavilion at Austin Park and on the police department's own building.

Though Perkins said it's a small area that was painted on the back of the station, the actions are overall disgraceful.

"It's something that's kind of a disgrace to the whole community," he said.

Creamery Director Laurie Winship said the tagging on the side of the historical society's newly built boat museum occurred sometime Thursday night. She and other members left the Creamery around 4 p.m. while contractors working on the building project continued to work.

The contractors found the damage Friday morning and called the police, Winship said. A police report was filed by the Creamery.

"It's very disheartening to have that happen on a new building," she said.

Because of the damage to the Creamery, Winship and other members of the historical society asked the police department to step up patrols around the building, which they agreed to, Winship said.

Skaneateles Community Center Director Matt Major said the vandals spray painted a portion of the brick building and the tarps on the southeast corner of the pavilion. Major said he's see vandalism occur throughout the years, and that it seems to come and go in waves.

"We've been quite fortunate over the years," he said. "There was some spray painting on the ball wall back in the fall. It's unfortunate that it's happened. They're only ruining their own community."

Major said he received a phone call Monday that there was spray paint on the brick wall. Wednesday afternoon he went down to assess the damage and said the tagging seems to be on the gate and on the brick.

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