Cooperstown "Mask Up" signs defaced

Cooperstown Police are investigating vandalism of their signs after they were found Monday morning with a black X spray-painted over them.

Posted: Oct 5, 2020 5:59 PM

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Cooperstown Police are investigating vandalism of their "Mask Up" signs after they were found Monday morning with a black X spray-painted over them.

Police chief, Frank Cavilieri, says they're reviewing outside security cameras, on local businesses, to see if any caught the vandal in the act.

He says they have collected evidence and are working on tracking down witnesses.

Cavilieri says they do believe they have a lead on a suspect they’re looking to interview.

"We're looking at criminal mischief, third degree which is a felony because of the value of all the signs," Cavilieri said. "We spent pretty much the whole day shift working on this, reviewing footage, interviewing people. You can agree or disagree with it but be civil about it, talk about it, use your words like an adult instead of acting like a child."

The signs are found on the perimeters of the downtown area and in front of the Otsego County Office Building, areas where the mask ordinance is in place.

Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to call the Cooperstown Police Department at (607) 547-2500.

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