Cohoes police: Vandals in Jeep tore up ball fields, church lot

December 03, 2018 06:42 PM

Cohoes police are looking for the person or people who tore up two ball fields and damaged a church over the weekend.

The ground is wet -- and with freezing temperatures becoming more and more common, the mayor says it could be months before they can make repairs and get started on what is supposed to be an area for man's best friend.

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Among the areas damaged, the home of the future Cohoes Dog Park, which is now a muddy mess. Vandals drove across the fields -- tearing up the grass late Friday afternoon.

Mayor Shawn Morse says they're hoping to catch the person who did it.

Morse says the area was picked to be the dog park because it was in pristine condition. Smooth grass was keeping the cost down. Now, it's a very different story.

Across town, it's a similar scene at Berkley Park. Police say the same vehicle, believed to be an older model gray Jeep Grand Cherokee, damaged the practice field for the Cohoes Little League at around the same time.

Morse estimates the damage to both parks could exceed $10,000 and take months to repair since the winter weather will pose challenges.

Little League President Matthew Wood hopes it's all back to good for spring ball.

Morse says crews are already assessing the cost -- and police are hoping surveillance cameras at a nearby school could help them find the driver.

He says they've worked hard to improve city parks and the vandals should be held accountable.

Another area that was hit is the Holy Trinity Parish Center. That's private property and Mayor Morse says that will cost the church about $3,000 to repair.

Again, they're looking for the driver of a gray older model Jeep Grand Cherokee. Anyone with information is asked to call police.


Andrew Murphy

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