In 1962, the Observer-Tribune reported that Chester Township and Borough Police Chiefs Edward Strait and and Joseph Feltmann, respectively, teamed to arrest six vandals who caused $3000 worth of damage in the area. The vandals smashed four outdoor telephone booths, two cars’ windows, a solar installation on a utility pole, and a plate glass window in a warehouse. Four 15-year-old boys from Chester, 18-year-old Gary J. McGuire (also of Chester), and 21-year-old Lewis E. Ader of Long Valley were apprehended and arrested on charges of malicious mischief.
In 1960, the Chester Borough Council discussed instituting a curfew ordinance to address the vandalism of the previous October. Councilman William Tredway said Roxbury Township’s ordinance required that anyone under 16 years of age be off the streets by 9:30 p.m. Lake Hopatcong’s ordinance was even stricter, requiring anyone under 18 to be home by 9:30 p.m. or face a $100 fine, 30 days in jail, or both. Source: Observer-Tribune
Chester Township Police Chief Edward Strait was back in the news with a summary of the vandalism caused during the previous weeks (the second half of October). He said that during the 15 days preceding and including Halloween 1960, vandalism damage to the community totaled $2,537. Damage to signage was $1,500, and damage to fences, bridges, and trees was $1,037. Further, the vandals cost taxpayers an additional $549.10 in extra police patrol time, and mileage and fuel for patrol vehicles. Source: Observer-Tribune
Seven teenage boys were charged with vandalism, in 1960. According to the Observer-Tribune, the boys stole 34 street and business signs, some as large as 4 x 6 feet and valued as high as $300. They also damaged property to the extent of more than $1000.