Teens charged with mischief after graffiti spread in Mitchell

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Four teenagers have been arrested and charged with mischief in West Perth after allegedly being caught spray painting graffiti on barns behind the Crystal Palace on Wellington Street in Mitchell, the Perth County OPP said.

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On May 8, at approximately 4:12 p.m., provincial police responded to reports of mischief where multiple youths allegedly spray painted two sheds or barns behind the Crystal Palace, owned by the Mitchell & District Agricultural Society.

Three 14-year-olds and one 15-year-old, all from West Perth, were arrested and charged with mischief with a value less than $5,000. The teens are scheduled to appear in Stratford court at a later date to answer to the charges.

The identities of the accused are protected under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

That same day, the OPP also received information about other mischief further down Wellington Street near the West Perth wetlands. Police said unknown suspects spray painted and damaged a relatively new municipal sign, so are investigating whether that vandalism is related.

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These incidents follow another larger incident of graffiti being sprayed in the walking tunnel below the Henry Street bridge in Mitchell last month. In mid-April, four teens were reportedly seen causing damage to the chalk drawings inside the tunnel by using black paint. Municipal operations staff subsequently painted over everything in white paint, shutting down the passageway to patrons for a couple of days.

Graffiti is any writing, drawing or symbols applied to any surface without the property owner’s permission, police said. A mischief charge is a criminal offence that can carry a maximum of two years in jail upon conviction.

The OPP want to remind all residents that if they see anything suspicious to please contact them immediately. If anyone is found committing acts of mischief, appropriate charges with be laid.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents should immediately contact Perth County OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at www.p3tips.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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