On July 17th the Penn Yan Police Department reports that they discovered anti-police, anti-Christian, pro-drug graffiti in several locations in the Village.
Some of the graffiti threatened to harm and kill police officers, according to investigators. Graffiti was also found on the wall and parking lot of a local funeral home.
Penn Yan Police did advise other local law enforcement agencies of the threats directed to law enforcement and began an investigation into the incident.
Penn Yan Police received several tips from local business owners and citizens. They also received several calls from local citizens worried about their local law enforcement officer’s safety.
On Tuesday, July 18th police secured surveillance video and digital evidence that led them to interview a local, 13-year-old juvenile.
The 13-year-old confessed and police determined that there was no threat to the local law enforcement community stemming from this incident.
The juvenile will appear at a later date in Yates County Family Court for the incident.
Police also charged Tessa Simons-Covert, 32, of Penn Yan with endangering the welfare of a child, for failing to provide adequate supervision to the child, who police have had numerous contacts with over the last 12 months, according to investigators.
Among the juvenile delinquency issues over that period, the 13-year-old has received family court complaints for criminal mischief, criminal tampering, trespass, harassment and curfew violations.
Simons-Covert was issued an appearance ticket and will answer the charge at a later date.