Sandy Point Beach vandalized seven times in one month

By: Amanda Pitts

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PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — A string of vandalism at a Portsmouth beach has police on high alert. For the past month, Sandy Point Beach has been targeted by vandals seven times.

Portsmouth Police Detective Lt. Michael Arnold said the vandalism started July 13th and has been happening every week since.

"Anywhere from spray paint on the restrooms, to bolts taken out of the lifeguard chairs, and last week we experienced one lifeguard chair being stolen and eventually recovered."

A second chair was stolen from the Sakonnet River beach on Tuesday. Both were recovered on nearby shores. Arnold said a third chair is still missing and could be a danger for people enjoying the water.

"Certainly we have a concern about the lifeguard chairs floating around in the water for boaters.”

Most beachgoers on Thursday heard about the vandalism from the Portsmouth Police Department Facebook page and said they just want their favorite spot to be left alone.

"I actually just moved back here from Florida, so to hear that like one of my hometown beaches is kinda getting torn up by people, that’s a little upsetting frankly. I’m not very happy about it," said Rumford resident Ben Spooner.

Sandy Point is smaller and quieter than other beaches, making it a mystery as to why no other beaches in the area are being hit by the vandals.

"I think it’s pretty sad, especially because this is a family beach and college students come here a lot to enjoy their days off," said South Hadley resident Grace Simpson.

Police say they don’t have any suspects yet, but they believe the culprits could be kids who are familiar with the area.

"People work hard down there to keep the beaches nice for people to enjoy for the summer and it’s just a complete waste of our resources here," said Arnold.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Portsmouth Police at (401) 683-0300.

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