The Verona Police Department is saying that Detective Joel Martin has identified the four juveniles who were responsible for the August 2 acts of vandalism at the Grove Historic Park & Nature Preserve and has been in contact with their parents.
The VPD says that all have been cooperative and are remorseful over the incident, which destroyed several houses on the so-called fairy trail that had been built by Girl Scouts in Verona and Cedar Grove as part of a Girl Scout Gold Award project.
The VPD says that, due to the age of the juveniles, it cannot press charges through the Juvenile Courts.
“In the long-standing practice of the Verona Police Department, this will be handled as a learning experience with an appropriate constructive consequence,” says Chief Christopher Kiernan. “A parent of one of the girls who built the houses and trail has already been contacted and is involved in the consequence process.”
At the direction of the Family Courts, juvenile consequences are kept confidential.
The Verona Environmental Commission (VEC) is holding a clean-up of the fairy trail this Saturday, August 7, from 9 to 11 a.m. so that it can be readied for new houses. Grove Park is located on Grove Avenue across from Reid Place.