Thursday, March 29, 2012

Police Catch Queens Playground Vandal


Beach 29th St. Playground damage last week. According to police 17-year-old Allan Swafford broke into a construction trailer and took the keys to a front loader and drove it through the nearly completed children’s playground early Tuesday morning on March 2oth. This caused more than $100,000 worth of damage. (Photo: WABC News)


This morning police caught the person responsible for causing more than $ 100,000 in damage last week to a Queens playground, NYC Park Advocates has learned.

Police arrested 17-year-old Allan Swafford of Rockaway Queens this morning at 11:30am acting on a tip to Crime Stoppers according to sources.

According to police Swafford stole a John Deere excavator at Beach 29th St. Playground in Far Rockaway, Queens around 4 a.m. and drove it through a chain link fence and into the nearly completed playground early Tuesday morning.

He wrecked climbing equipment, slides, and fencing causing more than a reported $ 100,000 worth of damage.

Swafford was charged with Unauthorized Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Mischief, and Burglary. He has three prior burglary arrests accroing to police.

Tomorrow afternoon at 3pm City Council Member James Sanders, Jr. is having an "EMERGENCY PRESS CONFERENCE" to announce the arrest.

- Geoffrey Croft

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