Princeton youths on Sunday night, 8-16-2020, deliberately destroyed or damaged public and private property.

From reports given by police as many as 50 youth were out after 10:30 p.m. running the streets on the northwest corridor on 2nd and Harris streets. The youth from what we’re told by police crossed the Fox River using the trail bridge and running through the back marsh behind the City Water Works Building.

Our neighborhood was the target of vandals tipping over garbage cans, trespassing into yards, trying to enter garages through side doors, trampling flowers and stealing political signs from yards, tossing them into the streets.

The neighborhood is made up of elderly citizens age 70 to 92. Defacing or stealing in any manner is wrong. I would like to state for the record, if I would have performed a feat of mental and moral qualities to a individual or ones said property, my parents would have repeatedly beat me, then taken me to each persons home to apology.

Defacing or stealing political campaign signs is against the law. Under Wisconsin State Statute 943-01, anyone damaging a campaign sign can be prosecuted, and under Wisconsin State Statute 943-20(1), anyone stealing such a sign can be prosecuted. Both of these statutes are Class A misdemeanors. Those arrested can be fined up to $10,000 and sentenced to nine months in jail.

Anyone who witnesses such activity should call the Green Lake County Sheriff’s Department at 920-294-4134.

— Russell Beier


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