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Vandals Mar Merwin Meadows with Graffiti

Several structures are tarnished by spray paint, causing police to increase patrols in the area.

Police are investigating a case of criminal mischief in which structures at Merwin Meadows were tagged with graffiti, and whether or not an underage drinking party at nearby 25 Lovers Lane may have contributed.

Police believe the graffiti was put up on the night of August 11, as they received their first report of it on the 12th. That same night, two 19-year-olds were cited for alcohol-related infractions at a house party just up the road.

"I don't know that the two are necessarily related," said Wilton Police Captain John Lynch. "I don't know if we've seen that kind of scrawling or tagging before...but it was right around the same time as the painting was."

Police reports showed that MacKenzie Tracy, 19, of Norwalk and William Kydes, 19, of Wilton were both cited for alcohol-related infractions. Tracy was charged with possession of alcohol by a minor in a private place after police received a complaint of loud music from a neighborhood resident, responded, and found Tracy intoxicated. Police also cited Kydes for permitting possession of alcohol by a minor, as officers observed several underage youths consuming alcohol inside Kydes' home.

Kydes was previously charged in January at an underage drinking party in a similar location for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

"Typically what happens with this kind of location is you usually have one area where it's common to have parties," Lynch said. "You become familiar with them and we start monitoring them. A lot of times neighbors will call us."

Lynch added that many times the parties will begin as small gathering of friends. But with the advent of texting and hyper-communicative teens, it becomes an "instantaneous thing" and "before you know it there are 100 people, 80 of which weren't invited." That's what Lynch said likely happened Wednesday night.

Though no definitive link has yet been found between that gathering and the nearby vandalism, much of the bathroom area of the public park was spray painted around the same time as the party. Lynch said the police department had received reports of spray painting in the area a few days earlier, which was repainted on Aug. 11.

"It's going-back-to-college time when we start getting the [mailbox vandalism] and we start seeing some mischievous activity," Lynch said. "We'll keep the lights on later [at Merwin] so we can see people moving around down there...typically one party does it, and another responds, which is why it's important to cover it up quickly."

Lynch said none of the graffiti bore definitive enough marks that could lead police to identify a culprit. He did say officers plan to increase their patrols in the area as a result.

Christian Camerota August 20, 2010 at 09:20 PM
John Doe- Thanks for writing. I do have to say, however, that your comment bears a striking resemblance to an email I received earlier today from William "Bill" Kydes. Do you two know each other? Also, a few hints: 1. We did not "publicly disgrace a 19 year old kid," nor are we morons, nor did we endeavor to frame Kydes in any way. It is Kydes' own fault that he was charged with allowing minors to permit alcohol at an underage drinking party at his residence, much as it was his own fault for being charged with drug possession less than a year ago in the same area. If he is publicly disgraced, it is by his own doing. We did nothing but report the facts that police provided us with. 2. Look up the definitions of insidious and irreverent. You use both incorrectly. 3. Also look up the definition of trespassing. Then, perhaps, consider whether you think taking a picture by a Wilton landmark with many other people around the same area is quite the same thing as possessing drugs or allowing minors to drink at your private residence. But thanks again for your participation!
Jlo April 11, 2012 at 01:01 PM
well seeing as the graffiti is all about weed and stupid scrawlings rather than actual tags by a professional graffiti artist I would say the safe bet is it was some drunk kid at the party.
John Galt October 17, 2012 at 05:39 AM
The police drew the grafitti. I saw them do it. Wilton are so corrupt. It's disgusting.
Alethiologist October 17, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Obama said it was Bush's fault. He's appointed a graffiti czar and Brennan is increasing taxes once again to hire another public employee to monitor.

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