Alleged pumpkin vandals nabbed

Staff photo by Mat Plamondon Five juvenile suspects are under arrest for allegedly throwing pumpkins through vehicle windows in Nashua last week.

NASHUA – Five juvenile suspects have been arrested in connection to the pumpkin vandalism that occurred last week.

Through the evening of Oct. 23 and into the morning of Oct. 24, multiple residents reported vehicles being damaged using pumpkins. The Nashua Police Department received several tips from the public, according to Lt. Robert Page.

Patrol officers investigating this case were able to make a connection with the tips and the reports that led to the suspects’ arrests on Friday.

Page said as many as 10 cars were vandalized using pumpkins, as at least one smashed pumpkin was found at every scene. The vehicle damages were an excess of $1,500, making the criminal mischief charges felonies.

According to Page, all suspects are high school students under age 18. Some of the suspects, Page said, admitted to the vandalism, but he said he could not reveal how many admissions were made.

Page said what happened to the victims was not fair because they were initially going to pay for the damages to their vehicles. Now that the people arrested in connection to the vandalism were found, they will be brought to justice, something Page said he is happy about.

“I think it’s a good thing because those who have committed the crime are being held responsible,” Page said.

One of the relatives of the pumpkin vandal victims, Janail Archer, said she was thankful the suspects were caught. Archer said her father, who was a victim, was infuriated someone would do this to him without thinking of the impact it could have.

“If it turns out that the individuals caught are the ones responsible for the damage, I’m happy they were caught,” Archer said. “Too many times, people act without thinking of the individuals who they are affecting.”

Page said the investigation is ongoing. Those who want to make an anonymous crime tip can call the Nashua Crime Line at 603-589-1665.