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Skaneateles deals with vandalism, criminal mischief

Public officials have been dealing with a number of separate incidents of vandalism in Skaneateles in recent weeks.

Both downtown Skaneateles and Austin Park have been areas of concern with vandalism and other criminal mischief.

The village police have received complaints that there have been people making noise, trespassing and causing a disturbance in the downtown area late at night.

The police will be making an extra effort to have a presence downtown to control and discourage this behavior from continuing, Police Chief Lloyd Perkins said.

The problem has mostly come from patrons of bars and restaurants in the downtown area, and the police will be talking to business owners to make sure that they are serving appropriate amounts of alcohol to their customers and doing what they can to discourage disorderly behavior, Perkins said.

At the June 20 town board meeting Councilor Jim Greenfield said that due to repeated acts of vandalism in the bathrooms at the Sims Building in Austin Park, the bathrooms would be locked and closed to the public “until further notice.”

Greenfield stated that the vandalism was “disgusting,” but did not give any further details about what had happened or when the bathrooms would reopen.

Perkins said that the police department has not received any complaints about the vandalism in Austin Park as of Friday, June 21.

The police department will make an arrest and charge anyone appropriately if they are apprehended in the act or if they receive any information about who was responsible, Perkins said.

The charges would depend on the severity of the offense, he said.

Skaneateles also dealt with a case of vandalism in December of 2012 when the water tower off of East Road was painted to read “Home of the Fakers,” rather than “Home of the Lakers.” The tower has yet to be permanently repainted and no culprit was ever apprehended.

Anyone with information about acts of vandalism in Skaneateles is encouraged to report them to the village police by calling 685-3819, or 911.

Joe Genco is the editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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