WATCH: Teen Vandals Cause $30,000 in Damage to Venice Island Park

Surveillance footage shows two teenagers vandalizing the entrance to the new performing arts center in Manayunk. Police announced an arrest today.


[UPDATE, 12:29 p.m.] Philadelphia Police have announced the arrest of a suspect in the November 8th vandalism of Manayunk’s Venice Island Park. According to police, an anonymous tip was received identifying the suspect in the below surveillance video. The suspect, a 15-year-old juvenile, turned himself in on November 17th and is charged with criminal mischief.

[ORIGINAL, 8:22 a.m.] Two teenagers were caught on surveillance footage (full video below) vandalizing Manayunk’s new $46 million Venice Island Park. Police say the vandals caused $20,000-$30,000 in damage to the new park, which opened October 8th.

One of the two teens, seemingly oblivious to the surveillance cameras watching them, kicks out lights on a lawn outside the performing arts center at the new park. He then pulls out LED light strips from under the railings.

Manayunk vandal GIF 1

People are mighty pissed about the vandalism of the brand new facility, with KYW even alerting its Twitter followers as if this were the crime of the century.

Here’s how police described the suspects.

  • Suspect No. 1: White male, 14-16 years-of-age, thin build, long brown hair, wearing a gray long sleeve sweatshirt, blue jeans, and a black knit skull cap.
  • Suspect No. 2: White male, 14-16 years-of-age, thin build, dark hair, wearing Khaki pants, and a blue shirt with a white logo.

Manayunk vandal GIF 2

The vandalism took place on November 8th. Perhaps we don’t need ***ALL CAPS*** to do it, but anyone with information is asked to contact police at 215.686.8477. You can also text a tip to 773847, or using this online form. All tips are anonymous. Surely there must be a classmate at a local high school who hates these kids and can turn them in.

[Philly PD]