The University of Maine Police Department is currently investigating a rash of damage done to light poles in the south campus area since mid-September.
According to the Assistant Director of Facilities Management, Geremy Chubbuck, the estimate of damage has grown to approximately $9,000 over the two-month period. A lot of overtime has been expended to bring in electricians to repair the wiring and poles and get them back to working condition.
Facilities Management has announced a $200 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person(s) involved.
UMPD Chief Roland LaCroix advised that anyone caught damaging a light pole is subject to prosecution for Criminal Mischief, a Class D crime. If the person(s) can be linked to more than one damaged pole, the charges could rise to a felony level.
Chief LaCroix advises that his officers have stepped up special patrols and surveillance in the area and will continue until someone is apprehended.
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