Geneva, New York City police say a tip from a good Samaritan led to an arrest for vandalisn at the cities Sept. 11 Memorial.
Laura M. DiCampli, 31, of the Yates County town of Italy, was charged Thursday by the Geneva Police Department with third-degree criminal mischief, a class E felony.
GPD Lt. Matt Valenti said DiCampli is accused of spray-painting graffiti on the Sept. 11 Memorial near Long Pier, as well as the nearby World War II Memorial, at about 10 p.m. Aug. 26. The spray-painting was random, with no words or symbols.
The investigation took time. It was a not a clear cut and dried investigation,” Valenti said, noting local residents were upset over the vandalism. “We are glad we got it solved.”
Employees from the city cleaned the monuments the morning of Aug. 27, but Valenti said some of the paint is faintly visible because workers feared that using stronger cleaning materials could damage the statues.
Valenti said damage to the memorials is estimated at more than $250, leading to the felony charge. Damage estimated at less than $250 would be a misdemeanor.
DiCampli was charged Tuesday by the Ontario County sheriff’s office with first-degree criminal contempt, also a class E felony. She was arrested on a Seneca Town Court warrant and extradited from Pennsylvania, where she was being held on an unrelated charge.
Following her arrest on the charge of criminal mischief, DiCampli was taken to the county correctional facility for centralized arraignment.