SCHENECTADY – The current arrest of a homeless girl who allegedly vandalized 14 parked automobiles that belong to members of the town Fireplace Division and Schenectady County Sheriff’s Division underscores the necessity for fencing, a Fireplace Division spokesman mentioned.
Rachel Depp, 44, was arrested the morning of Aug. 6 after she allegedly broke and bent windshield wipers, smashed facet mirrors and scratched the 14 automobiles within the Fireplace Division car parking zone at 360 Veeder Ave., which abuts the county sheriff’s division.
In accordance with Assistant Fireplace Chief Don Moreno, 5 of the automobiles belong to firefighters, and 9 had been pushed by staff of the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Division.
“The injury was minor within the grand scheme of issues,” Moreno mentioned. “I don’t know what challenge she’s coping with that will drive her to do such a factor. However we’ve talked about getting fencing right here to safe not solely this station, however others, as a result of we’ve had vandalism earlier than.
“Folks right here at Station 1 at headquarters, they use the lot as a reduce via, which in itself, we don’t thoughts that,” Moreno mentioned. “It’s a shortcut.
“However as a result of we’ve had automobiles damaged into and we’ve had injury performed, we’re trying into placing up a fence to safe the realm,” the assistant chief mentioned. “It’s such a big footprint that it’s going to show to be costly to do this. We’re additionally taking a look at cameras and perhaps higher lighting.”
Sheriff Dominic D’Agostino and Undersheriff James Barrett didn’t return telephone messages left final week.
A police spokesman mentioned investigators used pole cameras to seize Depp’s actions, and so they had been additionally used to trace her actions. She was woke up in Veterans Park.
Depp was charged with 14 felony counts of felony mischief within the third diploma. The estimated injury to every automobile was in extra of $250, however lower than $1,500, based on the statute regarding the costs.
She was launched on an look ticket.
Police mentioned they’re investigator her motive.
Native police have additionally handled and reacted to vandalism in current months.
In April, Schenectady Police Chief Eric Clifford had non permanent fencing encompass the doorway to police headquarters.
The fencing was positioned after a Black Lives Issues protest ended with a damaged glass panel on a door on the police station and profanities written in water-soluble chalk on the constructing. The fencing left solely a slender lane for the general public to enter the foyer.
The Schenectady protest of about 20 folks was in response to the demise of a Black man, Daunte Wright, in Minnesota. Wright was shot by a police officer following a visitors cease on April 11, resulting in protests in opposition to the police and police brutality all through the nation. Authorities had the fencing eliminated on June 10.
Messages in chalk on the station learn: “We received’t overlook,” “Cease killing us,” “Blood is in your palms,” “Cops and klan are hand-in-hand.”
That incident resulted in misdemeanor costs of third-degree felony tampering in opposition to two social justice activists, however these costs had been adjourned in contemplation of dismissal, which means the costs can be dismissed and their data sealed in December if the 2 didn’t get arrested throughout that timespan.
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