Chapel Road Soccer Fields Vandalized

Harford County Parks and Recreation fields in Havre de Grace were damaged, soccer coaches found Thursday morning.

Mike Hitchings will be on the sidelines coaching youth soccer in come Saturday morning.

Thursday morning, however, he discovered something that might change his plans.

In an email to Thursday afternoon, Hitchings said the fields and soccer goals at Harford County Parks & Recreation's Chapel Road complex were vandalized some time between 8 p.m. on Wednesday and 10 a.m. on Thursday.

The netting on the goals was cut, and damage was inflicted to the playing surface and surrounding turf, Hitchings said.

"This field is used daily by the soccer teams in the fall and lacrosse teams in the spring," Hitchings wrote. "It took a lot of work to get them, equip them, and keep them maintained. Vandalism like this is not a faceless crime as we have games on the fields this weekend and this will impact our games both in performance of the fields, and morale of the teams."

Hitchings also reported the incident to the .

A spokesperson with the Harford County Sheriff's Office wasn't immediately available to provide further information on the report, as the department was handling the .

Anyone with information may contact the at 410-838-6600.

Michael Hitchings September 06, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Sean, thanks for posting! I want to make sure credit is given where credit is due...the damage was discovered by a member of the community and members of the Soccer Committee contacted the police. Again, thanks for posting! We need to make sure that vandalism like this is not considerd a faceless crime. The perpetrator(s) should be caught and made to pay appropriate restitution!
Don Laye September 06, 2012 at 11:40 PM
It's a darn shame that people don't have anything better to do.
Brandy B. :) September 07, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Wish kids these days appreciated what they do have and how hard people work to get the community something to do other then drugs and theft.
Ann Clapham September 07, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Looks like they drove right through the net.
Biller's Bikes September 07, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Somebody knows who did this and needs to contact police and come clean.
Adrian September 07, 2012 at 01:30 AM
My son plays on these fields. We sign our children up to play sports and be active and someone has to come along and do something so mean and nasty. I hope the police catch the person(s) who did this!
APG Transplant September 07, 2012 at 03:08 PM
This is what happens when people raise kids who have no respect for anyone or anything else. Is there a parent in the county who will honestly ask themselves "could my son/daughter have been involved?" Nah....not MY angel!!
James P. Miller September 07, 2012 at 07:24 PM
If they drove through the nets with a car there should be some scratches on the car hood.


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