2 charged in multi-town vandalism
Two men from Raymond are facing charges after they were arrested in connection with a vandalism spree last spring that left a trail of mangled mailboxes, slashed tires and smashed vehicle windows.
Candia, Deerfield and Nottingham police have charged Austin Savary, 20, and Austin Bonnano, 19.
According to Nottingham police Sgt. Ross Oberlin, the two were first arrested by Deerfield police and later allegedly linked to vandalism in other towns.
Nottingham police charged the pair with felony criminal mischief.
In addition to mailbox vandalism, Oberlin said multiple vehicles were also damaged when windows were smashed and tires were cut.
“It was a full night of smashing, thrashing and slicing,” he said.
The bulk of the vandalism in Nottingham allegedly occurred on April 28, but additional damage was reported again on May 13, Oberlin said.
Oberlin said Deerfield and Nottingham residents sustained the most damage in the spree.
Oberlin said Nottingham police shared information with other area police departments that were investigating similar vandalism.
Candia police charged Savary and Bonnano with criminal mischief last week for allegedly damaging several mailboxes throughout Candia in late April.
In Candia, several mailboxes were hit on Currier Road and Kayla Drive.
According to Candia police, a Currier Road resident reported that he awoke to a “loud bang” in the middle of the night and the sound of “somebody chopping something,” a police report said.
The resident looked out his window and saw a vehicle driving away.
Savary and Bonnano are scheduled to be arraigned on the charges in the Candia Circuit Court on Sept. 2.
Auburn Detective Sgt. Chip Chabot said the pair hasn’t been charged in connection with mailbox vandalism in Auburn and that he doesn’t believe they were responsible for the damage there.
Fremont police also reported many mailboxes damaged and vehicles with slashed tires. However, the two were not charged in Fremont.
“We weren’t able to get enough (evidence) to charge anyone with what happened in Fremont,” Fremont Police Chief Jon Twiss said, adding that the Fremont case is still active.
Vandalism was seen in Chester as well, but police there said the two haven’t been charged.