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Groton City police charge trio for memorial bench vandalism

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Groton — City police announced that they have arrested three juveniles for vandalizing 10 memorial benches at Eastern Point Beach and two other benches off a city-owned pier on Shore Avenue back on April 28.

Police, in a Facebook post, said “the vandalism was significant as many of these benches were memorials to lost loved ones of City of Groton residents. Time spent at Eastern Point Beach is a cherished memory for so many in our community and it is an understatement that this vandalism was devastating to the effected families and so many local residents.”

Police said that while investigating an unrelated case, Officer Paul Ruddy was able to acquire additional information leading to confessions and the arrest of two 16-year-old juveniles and one 17-year-old. They will be referred to Juvenile Court.


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