Congress Park fountain vandalized again
SARATOGA SPRINGS Police are investigating the second incident of vandalism of a Congress Park fountain this summer.
A surveillance camera in the park showed two young men, who were with two young women, climbing on the fountain next to the Canfield Casino around 2:19 a.m. on Thursday, according to police. Their actions appear to have caused the multi-layered fountain to fall over, police said.
Saratoga Springs Department of Works Commissioner Skip Scirocco said it appears the individuals were looking for money in the fountain, but it isn’t clear from the tape. Because the fountain is designed like a “layer cake,” he said it will be possible to reassemble the multiple layers in about two weeks. Repair work includes welding the piece back together, sanding the damaged areas and painting it.
According to Scirocco, the damage is not as bad as what happened at the end of June. “Last time it was a little more extensive,” he said, noting that parts broke off the different layers last time.
Because of computer problems during the June incident, video footage from the first fountain incident has not been reviewed yet. Scirocco said attempts to analyze the camera are still ongoing. There are a total of 11 cameras in the park.
The multiple vandalism attempts go beyond anything Scirocco remembered in recent past. He said his department is trying to figure out a way to better secure the fountain, which essentially consists of pieces sitting on top of each other and a water pipe running through the center.
Footage from the latest vandalism incident is slightly obscured by a nearby light to the fountain, which makes it hard to see the people.
According to police, the incident appears to have involved two white males, both with dark hair, and one blonde woman and one dark-haired woman.
The group was seen on cameras entering Congress Park from the Spring Street side around 2:14 a.m. Footage shows them walking on the roadway past the casino and on to East Congress Street, were they stop for a minute and talk to an unknown individual, who police are interested in speaking with. A few minutes later the men are in the fountain and three minutes after that the group is running from the park toward Broadway.