FARMINGTON — Police are investigating vandalism downtown that was discovered early Friday that left flower pots, planters and trash cans tipped over on Main Street and Broadway.

There was also vandalism done on the nearby campus of University of Maine at Farmington.

Business owner Susun Terese crouched beside one of her planters with petunias in it, outside her business Minikins on Broadway on Friday morning.

It was obvious the flowers had been taken out of the planter, she said. Some of the flowers that had been put back in the flower pot were drooping.

“These were beautiful,” she said. “They were gorgeous and in full bloom. I am very disappointed.”

She was surprised when she saw some of the dirt and her petunias in the street.

She has cared for the flowers all season long. It is too late to start over this season, she said.

Franklin County Deputy Brian McCormick discovered the vandalism while driving by and reported it at 12:51 a.m., Bonnie Pomeroy, secretary for the Farmington Police Department, said as she read from a partial police report.

There were multiple trash cans, a bench and flower planters tipped over, she said.

It was a mess, Pomeroy said, according to the report.

Farmington police Sgt. Michael Adcock, Officer Brandan Sholan, county Sgt. Matthew Brann, McCormick and University of Maine at Farmington campus police officer Sandy Burke responded. It was also discovered that there had been some vandalism at the campus, Pomeroy said, according to the report.

UMF campus police Chief Brock Caton wrote in an email Friday that materials and dirt to a construction project on South Street were disturbed, the door frame trim to the Mantor Library entrance was damaged, a tree next to Ricker Hall was damaged, a metal rain water drainage pipe attached to a building was bent in half and flower pots and a picnic table near Merrill Hall on Academy Street were flipped over.

UMF Facilities Management is working on a damage assessment for Caton, he said.

There were several people seen in the downtown area, Pomeroy said, but officers had only caught up to one early Friday and that person was made to come back and pick up some of the debris. The person was charged but Pomeroy didn’t have all of the information because the report was not finished.

Police have identified others involved but are continuing to investigate. Pomeroy believed the case would be resolved and the report available early in the week.

Paul Mills, vice president of the Farmington Downtown Association, who has a law firm on Main Street, said Friday morning that he had not heard about the vandalism.

The downtown area has been vandalized in the past, he said, so it is not unprecedented.

Farmington Deputy Police Chief Shane Cote is pursuing a proposal to buy and install security, surveillance cameras downtown, Mills said, adding that he was not speaking in favor or against the idea.

But if the cameras were in place, there is a possibility that the risk of any future vandalism would be reduced and they may be a deterrent if people know they are being watched, he said.

“Hopefully it won’t happen again,” he said.

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