2 teens accused of vandalizing St. Mary Catholic School in Cranston

CRANSTON, R.I. (WLNE) — Two teenagers are accused of vandalizing St. Mary Catholic School in Cranston last week.

Col. Michael Winquist said two signs at the school were vandalized. One them, he said, was posted as part of an Eagle Scout project for a local teen who created an outdoor classroom.

“The signs were spray painted with red and black paint with pentagram symbols,” said Winquist.

The vandalism happened on Feb. 17 but was reported Monday, police said.

Winquist said nearby surveillance footage captured a car with “distinctive markings at the time of the crime.”

Police said a request was made in the Flock license plate reader camera system, which captured that car’s license plate information.

Winquist said through the system, they were able to identify 18-year-old Carmine DiSanto IV, of Johnston, as the person who was driving the car.

The 18-year-old admitted that he vandalized the signs after buying spray paint from Home Depot, said police.

Winquist said a second person, only identified as a 17-year-old Cranston girl, also admitted to defacing the sign with DiSanto.

Monday, DiSanto was arraigned by a Justice of the Peace on misdemeanor charges of vandalism and conspiracy and released on personal recognizance.

The 17-year-old was released to a parent, said Winquist. The case will be reviewed for consideration for a hearing at the City Juvenile Hearing Board or Family Court.

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