Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Gloucester, MA: Saboteurs Cause $10,000 Worth of Damage

Vandals struck the big excavation vehicles, the office-trailer and even the portable toilet on the construction site of the Gloucester Crossing Shopping Center, causing more than $10,000 in estimated damage this past weekend.

The destruction — broken windows on the heavy machinery, the office trailer displaced from its blocks and the closet-toilet hurled into a gully along Route 128 — was the handiwork of youths working in small gangs.

Rock crushing, earth moving and foundation construction for a DeMoulas Market Basket supermarket were progressing on the site, which appeared other-worldly except for isolated oases of trees and green meant to be drainage basins.

The
vandals lowered the mechanical jacks and then pushed the trailer off its blocks. The portable closet-toilet was lifted and hurled over the chain link fence. It lay in pieces at the bottom of the steep incline.

Critics of the project have accused a contractor for the developer of doing illegal damage to the site — "clear cutting" a presumed vernal pond.


http://www.gloucestertimes.com/punews/local_story_365224550.html?keyword=topstory

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