Boy Scout Troop 68 club house has become target of repeated vandalism

LACONIA — Police continue to investigate at least two break-ins at the Boy Scout club house located behind the St. Joseph Church and Holy Cross Catholic School, in the parking lot.

According to Capt. Matt Canfield the first burglary and act of vandalism occurred on October 20 when it appears someone or some people entered the wooden building and sprayed the inside with the fire extinguishers.

Police said at the time some juice boxes were stolen as well as a ladder.

They were alerted to the vandalism and break-in by two adult leaders who reported it.

On November 10, police responded again to the Boy Scout club house and again found a significant amount of vandalism. Troop 68 Committee Chair Tara Shore said that incident of vandalism was "much worse" than the previous one.

Canfield said the vandals broke a window to get access and again sprayed the fire extinguishers. He said this time they even sprayed a closet.

He also said they turned over the tables and broke some plaques that were hanging on the wall. He said a tent was stolen.

Shore said yesterday that members have noticed some unusual activities at the club house that occurred during the past six month that included some missing food.

Canfield also said he spoke to Rev. Mark Drouin — the pastor of  St. Andre Bessette Parish, who told him one of  locks on a storage shed on the property were broken earlier this week but that it wasn't reported to police at the time.

Shore said Troop 68 will be celebrating its 75th year of service to Laconia and its boys and they hope to be able to hold the festivities at the club house. She said they are all working hard to repair it and get it ready for the celebration.

If anyone has any information about the burglaries and vandalism or sees any suspicious activity in the area they are asked to call 524-5252 or the Greater Laconia Crime Line at 524-1717.