Friday, March 30, 2012
Rockaway park vandal caught
From A Walk in the Park:
This afternoon police caught the person responsible for causing more than $100,000 in damage last week to a Queens playground, NYC Park Advocates has learned.
This afternoon Police arrested 17-year-old Allan Swafford of Rockaway Queens acting on a tip according to sources.
According to police Swafford stole a John Deere excavator at Beach 29th St. Playground in Far Rockaway, Queens around 4 a.m. and drove it through a chain link fence and into the nearly completed playground early Tuesday morning.
He wrecked climbing equipment, slides, and fencing causing more than a reported $100,000 worth of damage.
Swafford was charged with Unauthorized Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Mischief, and Burglary.