POTTSTOWN PA – Vandals returned sometime before Wednesday night (Aug. 15, 2012) at 11:25 p.m. to damage more sports-related equipment and structures at Pottsgrove High School on Kauffman Road, Lower Pottsgrove Township Police Chief Michael Foltz reported Thursday (Aug. 16). In the latest incidents, potentially involving charges of arson and trespass, the so-far unidentified perpetrators set fire to a large pile of wooden pallets, creating a blaze visible from Buchert Road.
The hunt for suspects is on, Foltz added. Police recovered evidence at the scene, and “are actively following up on leads (that) may help identify” those involved. The chief is asking again for the public’s help; anyone with information relating to the cases should contact his department at 610-326-1508.
Investigators believe the latest incidents are tied to several others that occurred during the past weekend, as well as on July 28 and July 10.
In the most spectacular of the overnight events, Foltz’s officers and both the Sanatoga and Ringing Hill fire companies responded to the fire that police said was “intentionally set” in the southwest corner of the high school stadium facing School Lane, where the pallets were stored. The flames were first spotted by a passing motorist at about 11:25, who called in a report. No structures were involved, and crews quickly extinguished the blaze.
During their investigation, according to Foltz, police determined the perpetrators forced their entry into the secured stadium by cutting a lock and chain on the gate, and by also cutting a hole in a surrounding chain-link fence.
Then school district employees Thursday morning called police back to the high school, after having discovered a separate utility shed inside the stadium also was targeted. Perpetrators forced their way into the shed, vandalized the interior, and threw items around inside and outside onto the football field. They also sprayed ketchup over equipment inside the shed, according to the report filed by Sgt. Timothy Walters and Ofc. James Kenney. No items were reported missing.
The cost of damages, however, is still being determined.
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