Benches, statue vandalized in Japanese Garden

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Carmel police are said to be in search of four teenagers who allegedly vandalized items in the Japanese Garden outside city hall.

Councilman Ron Carter Monday said four youth, each approximately 16 years old, entered the garden around midnight March 18 and dumped into the pond two benches and a statue that adorn the garden. Evidence of the incident is still visible in the pond.

“All of that work was done by volunteers … and four young men decided that they were going to vandalize it,” Carter said. “Fortunately, we’ve got pretty good video of it. We know where they parked. We know where they came from. … It’s unfortunate that somebody decided to do that, and we need to do whatever we can to prosecute these young people for the work that they did.”

The Carmel Police Dept. Wednesday distributed a brief release on the incident providing few details. Lt. Jeff Horner and Chief Tim Green neither confirmed nor denied Carter’s description of the incident, but simply said that information did not come from official CPD communications.

Green did, however, confirm that the suspects can be seen on the surveillance footage from that night. He said CPD is actively working to identify these individuals.

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