[Video] Police Release Video On Vandalism Case
Two Johnston men, both age 18, face misdemeanor charges of destruction of public property after surveillance cameras recorded their vehicles being driven on local sports fields.
The Johnston Police Department released their report and surveillance video from a vandalism case that led Mayor Joseph Polisena to call a press conference yesterday at the town's soccer complex on Atwood Avenue.
Polisena vowed to pursue full restitution — estimated at more than $15,000 — from the 18-year-old suspects, identified as Raymond Zinno, of 42 Shore Dr., and Costanzo Caparrelli, of 57 Taylor Rd.
According to the police report, Zinno spoke with Det. Thomas Dwyer and Det. Maj. Michael Colucci on Mar. 5 and said "he had heard" about the vandalism done to local fields over the previous weekend.
When the detectives asked Zinno why his vehicle, identified as an Isuzu Rodeo, had a "heavy amount of dried mud on the undercarriage," Zinno reportedly admitted that he had used it to drive on the field at the soccer complex on Mar. 3.
Dwyer reported that police drafted an arrest warrant for Caparrelli, who is attending college out of state. Caparrelli's lawyer told police that the former La Salle Academy student would turn himself in at the police department on Apr. 7.
Zinno also spoke with Dwyer on Mar. 8 and denied that he and Caparrelli had gotten their cars stuck in the mud in the practice field behind Johnston High School and used planks of wood to get the cars out of the mud.
Local officials suspect that the two men are also responsible for the damage to the practice field, which was similar to the tire grooves and upturned turf at the soccer complex and included an overturned Port-A-John.
Zinno was arraigned on Mar. 7 and released with a summons to appear in Third District Court, Warwick, on Mar. 21.
The accompanying video shows scenes from the Mar. 14 press conference and footage from the soccer complex surveillance camera.
Past articles on this topic:
News Brief: Alleged Vandals Face Misdemeanor Charges
- News Brief: Alleged Vandals Face Misdemeanor Charges, Mar. 14, 2012
- Vandals Drove To Soccer Complex Twice, Says Soccer League VP, Mar. 13,2012
- Camera May Have Footage Of Vandalism, Mar. 7, 2012
- Mayor To Vandals: We Will Find You, Mar. 5, 2012