Police have arrested a 17-year-old male for allegedly vandalizing Plymouth Rock earlier this month.
The teen, from Plymouth, who is not identified in a news release from Plymouth police, is being charged with 11 counts of felony vandalism to property and one count of misdemeanor trespassing on the Plymouth Rock Portico.
Police said they sifted through “hours of video footage” during the investigation of the case. They said they figured out that just the 17-year-old was responsible for 11 vandalism acts, all reported on the morning of Feb. 17, which included not just Plymouth Rock, located on Water Street, but also various other monuments and decorations around town, including the Pilgrim Maiden in Brewster Garden, the Forefathers monument on Allerton Street, four decorative scallop shells scattered through downtown and the waterfront, a town map at the intersection of Main and North streets, and a memorial bench in Brewster Garden.
All of the sites were defaced with red spray paint, police said, and the vandalism included the letters “MOF” and the numbers “508.”
The town’s Department of Public Works, along with volunteers, cleaned the locations “within 24 hours,” according to police.
Material from an Associated Press report was used in this story.