2 arrests made in Ledyard water pump station vandalism

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LEDYARD, Conn. (WTNH)– Two arrests were made Wednesday after a water pump station in the Gales Ferry section of Ledyard was vandalized earlier this week.

Police say that on Monday, officers responded to the Southeastern Connecticut Water Authority (SCWA) pump station, at 17 East Drive, for the report of vandalism. Upon arrival, they found that the pump station building had been breached and there was vandalism to the station.

Because of the type of damage done the water authority thought it may have been kids and it turns out two juveniles were arrested. But this is no child’s play this is serious stuff and it could be a federal offense.

Related: ‘The water is safe to drink’, boil water advisory lifted in Ledyard

In addition to spray painting two sheds and a pump house on the property, they also broke into one of the sheds, pulled out equipment, and set it on fire.They also threw some oil cans into a retention pond.

But the more serious part of all of this is that they broke into the pump house which prompted the authority to shut the system down and test the water.

Turns out the water was safe and the equipment was not breached but this was a major inconvenience for 870 households and it is a big cost for the water authority.

Related: Boil water advisory in effect after vandalism discovered at pump station in Ledyard

“We’re a non-profit firm so this come out of the ratepayers’ fees,” said Josh Cansler, Southeastern Connecticut Water Authority.

The two underage boys were charged with burglary, criminal mischief, and criminal trespass.

Because both these suspects are juveniles, they are due in juvenile court next month.

Related: Ledyard officials testing public water after possible contamination by vandals

The incident remains under investigation as police are looking to speak with more witnesses. Anyone with information is urged to call Ledyard Police at (860) 464-6400.

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