Vandalism at Estero Community Park
Vandalism at Estero Community Park leaves a ...
Posted 4:31 p.m., Sept. 4, 2009
A Cape Coral teenager has been arrested as another alleged participant in a recent spate of vandalism in south Lee County.
Zachary Bedard, 18, of Cape Coral, faces a pair of felony charges for burglary and criminal mischief.
Original story, posted Sept. 3, 2009
Four Lee County teenagers face charges for a spate of vandalism in south Lee County as an investigation continues, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
Those arrested were: Brittany M. Scott, 17, of Estero; Tyler Stickel, 18, of Fort Myers; Michael Ray Anderson, 18, of Fort Myers; and Laurie Katherine Woodworth, 19, of Estero.
The group is charged with eight instances of vandalism stretching from June 24 to August 29. In each case, graffiti was spray-painted on buildings and sidewalks.
Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office reported that they were able to determine the acts were done by the same group of individuals due to the similarities of each incident and certain characteristics of the graffiti.
The latest instance came this past weekend, when someone defaced and damaged an outside bathroom building at the Estero Recreation Center.
Obscene messages were spray painted on all four sides of the building, as well as on the nearby sidewalk, light posts and volleyball poles. Both bathrooms were defaced inside, and water flooded one, where someone had pulled a sink down.
Damage was estimated at between $3,000 and $5,000.
Other instances of vandalism for which Scott faces charges include damage at Hope United Church in Estero and a BP gas station.
The teenagers face charges ranging from criminal mischief against a church, a third-degree felony, to burglary of a structure. Stickel and Anderson were each charged with eight counts, among them three felony charges. Scott faces two felony counts and Woodworth was charged with a pair of misdemeanors.
A man reached at the Scott home on Wednesday declined to comment on Brittany Scott’s arrest.
At Estero Recreation Center, supervisor Irma Reyes said the labor-intensive process of removing the paint from the building and surrounding area was ongoing. She was aware of the arrest.
“I’ll be happy when justice is done, because you don’t go around spray painting public property,” Reyes said.
In a press release, Sheriff Mike Scott said he hoped that putting those responsible behind bars will send a strong message. “Thanks to the hard work and aggressive follow up by our detectives and deputies, we are able to serve justice and hold accountable those who have committed these horrible crimes,” he said. “What these individuals have done is despicable and a complete outrage. This type of behavior will simply not be tolerated anywhere in this community.”