Reward being offered in multiple vandalism acts

LEETONIA – A cash reward is being offered for information leading to the conviction of vandals responsible for damage to multiple properties last week, including the catholic church once again.

According to Leetonia Police Chief John Soldano, the department is offering an unspecified cash reward to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved in the crimes that occurred late June 6, early June 7 in the downtown area.

Soldano, with assistance from Salem Township Constable Dan Valentine, is investigating several reports of vandalism that night including American flags torn down along Columbia Street, port-o-johns tipped over at Wick Park, a patio ransacked at a Front Street business, landscaping pulled out at Columbia Street home, yard decorations destroyed at a Main Street home and potted plants smashed along Main Street in downtown.

Most disturbingly, though, according to Soldano, the vandals knocked over the Blessed Virgin Mary statue at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on Main Street, causing damage to the structure. There have been multiple breaking and entering reports the past few months at the church’s office building next to the church, but it is still uncertain whether the incidents are related, Soldano noted.

“[Knocking over the Mary statue] is not only very disturbing to me, but also to many of our catholic residents who attend the church and even the other residents in the village,” he said.

Soldano said he is following up on some information the department received regarding the incidents and that he intends to prosecute those responsible for the senseless crimes.

“This was just uncalled for, total nonsense,” he said.

Anyone with information regarding the vandalisms should call Soldano at 330-427-6731.