‘Spike’ seen in malicious mischief, arson

Two Little Free Libraries were burned down in Enumclaw last week.

The fire that burnt down the Little Free Library on Marion Street also damaged the fence behind it. Photo courtesy Amy Penasa

The fire that burnt down the Little Free Library on Marion Street also damaged the fence behind it. Photo courtesy Amy Penasa

An increase in vandalism and even arsons in Enumclaw has the local police department on extra patrols.

The Enumclaw Community Facebook page blew up the morning of June 26 when a local posted about the Little Free Library near her home burning down, also damaging the nearby fence.

According to EPD Cmd. Tim Floyd, there were two Little Free Libraries that were burnt down that night. The first was at 1260 Marion St., which happened just before midnight, and another at the corner of Fell Street and Hillcrest Avenue at around 3 a.m. — both are roughly half a mile apart.

“We’re working with the fire department to investigate those and coming up with a plan to tackle these arsons and graffiti issues we’ve had over the last couple of nights as well,” Floyd said.

Several other Little Free Library owners have said they’ll be installing cameras to watch their libraries.

Additionally, there appears to have been an increase in other malicious mischief crimes around the city: Floyd said there were around five incidents of graffiti — including at The Courier-Herald building — and Porta Potties being knocked over.

“Our malicious mischief has taken a spike since school let out,” Floyd continued. “I’ve not seen a year like this where malicious mischief spiked as soon as school got out. Not to say that it’s a juvenile, but it leads one to believe that.”

The Porta Potties were located at Montgomery Park, just a quarter mile away from the Marion Street Little Free Library.

It’s unclear whether these incidents are related.

No suspects have been named at this time, but Floyd said night patrols will be increased and juveniles after dark may be stopped and questioned.

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