July 18, 2019

Vandals wreak havoc at Pittsfield golf course

PITTSFIELD — For two consecutive nights, vandals have heavily damaged the G.W. Parks Golf Course on Hartland Avenue.

On Tuesday night, a truck stolen in Palmyra and found in Newport was linked to more than $1,000 worth of damage to the seventh green. On Wednesday night, a pair of vandals entered the course from a nearby abandoned railroad bed and tore up several greens, dismantled two bridges, filled a pond with debris and stole all the flags.

The damage Tuesday night was done by the operator of a 1988 Mazda pickup truck that had been stolen from the Willis Millett residence in Palmyra. The truck entered the seventh green from the railroad bed, which is often used by sport vehicles such as ATVs and motorcycles. The damage to the green was done as the vehicle spun around on rain-soaked grass.

The truck later was found abandoned in a muddy ditch off a fire lane in Newport. According to Newport police reports, whoever was driving the truck stole a canoe from a nearby camp and paddled about 220 feet down the shoreline of Sebasticook Lake and abandoned the canoe.

Once ashore, the vandals broke into a camp, smashing a sliding glass door to make entry.

On Wednesday night, at least two people entered the golf course from the railroad bed between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. Thursday. Damage done Wednesday likely will exceed $1,500, said Pittsfield Police Chief Steve Emery.

The vandals stole the pins on holes two, three, five and six; they heavily damaged holes five and six by digging holes in the grass; a bridge was dismantled on hole six and thrown into a pond; another bridge was dismantled on hole five; and the 150-yard marker for the fifth hole was found in the sixth hole pond. A broken rake was found on the third hole.

“We are looking for anyone that saw anything unusual or suspicious in that area,” said Emery. Emery said information could be kept confidential, if requested. Anyone with information may call the Police Department, 487-3101.

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