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Vandals Sought After Damage to Ice Rink, Rails to Trails

Officers and town officials are investigating after a weekend vandalism left more than $400 in damage, including destruction to the rink itself, as well as three

Southington police are investigating damage at the Southington ice rink caused over the weekend. (Credit: Jason Vallee)
Southington police are investigating damage at the Southington ice rink caused over the weekend. (Credit: Jason Vallee)
Southington is fortunate to offer a public skating outlet for local residents, one that has seen hundreds over its first couple weeks in operation, but local officials are now asking residents to do their part to help keep the rink nice and identify those who will not.

The Southington ice rink, located on Mill Street, suffered damage over the weekend after someone vandalized the property, destroying the kick guard and removing foam padding, snow fencing and throwing trash barrels and other objects onto the ice.

"We are investigating and will take action to the fullest extent of the law if the perpetrator is caught," Sgt. Jeffrey Dobratz said Tuesday.

The incident occurred sometime over the weekend, Councilwoman Dawn Miceli said, and the area was cleaned up promptly once police were done with their on-scene investigation. The damage totaled around $400 in all, she said.

In addition, Dobratz said around the same time, three benches along the nearby linear trail were either removed or damaged.

Miceli said it's heartbreaking in a community where residents go above and beyond to provide opportunities for youth to see people take advantage of the situation and interrupt fun for others.

"It is really unfortunate when we are trying to provide things for young people to do and this happens," she said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Southington Police Department at (860) 621-0101.

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