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Vandals make their mark on Cottman Ave.

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Van­dals broke in­to the In­ter­state 95/Cottman Av­en­ue In­ter­change con­struc­tion site and caused about $4 mil­lion worth of dam­age to a con­tract­or’s heavy equip­ment last week.

Of­fi­cials from Walsh Con­struc­tion ar­rived at the job site, near Magee Av­en­ue and New State Road in Ta­cony, at about 7 a.m. last Thursday and dis­covered the van­dal­ism, said Of­ficer Jill­ian Rus­sell, a Phil­adelphia po­lice spokes­wo­man.

The cul­prits des­troyed an over­head crane and dam­aged a back­hoe and bull­dozer, Rus­sell said. They “rammed” a gen­er­at­or with an­oth­er con­struc­tion vehicle and pushed it in­to the nearby Delaware River.

Po­lice in­vest­ig­at­ors found pieces of con­struc­tion ma­ter­i­als scattered throughout the site and in the river, Rus­sell said.

In­vest­ig­at­ors are un­aware of sur­veil­lance video of the in­cid­ent and have not iden­ti­fied or de­scribed sus­pects. A motive is not known.

The job site re­portedly was se­cured by a fence and locked gate, which was not com­prom­ised, lead­ing in­vest­ig­at­ors to be­lieve the van­dals ac­cessed the site by boat.

The site is part of a $212.3 mil­lion con­tract awar­ded in June by the Pennsylvania De­part­ment of Trans­port­a­tion to Walsh Con­struc­tion II of Can­ons­burg, Pa. ••End­Frag­ment 

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