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Sinnissippi Park vandalized overnight

Repairs expected to cost park district more than $5,000

Published: Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
(Alex T. Paschal/apaschal@saukvalley.com)
Sterling Park District employee Randy Burger tapes a sign to a damaged bathroom door Thursday afternoon at Sinnissippi Park.
(Alex T. Paschal/apaschal@saukvalley.com)
The vandals damaged four bathrooms at Sinnissippi Park. Portable facilities have been set up until the bathrooms can be fixed.
(Alex T. Paschal/apaschal@saukvalley.com)
Park District employees Ryan Stutzke (left) and Kenny Druien fix a sign Thursday afternoon at Sinnissippi Park in Sterling. Employees discovered Thursday morning that vandals had inflicted widespread damage throughout the park.

STERLING – Sterling Park District workers arrived Thursday morning to find Sinnissippi Park had been widely vandalized overnight.

Picnic tables and bleachers overturned; toilets, sinks and urinals smashed.

Lights damaged, signs throughout the park run over, trash cans upheaved, the electronic gate at the front of the park broken.

Doug Jacobs, director of parks and planning with the Sterling Park District, described the destruction as “savage,” for the sheer vastness of it all.

“I just don’t understand why,” he said.

At this point, he estimated the damage at more than $5,000.

The Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the incident and asks that anyone with any information about the vandalism call 815-772-4044 or Whiteside County Crime Stoppers at 815-625-7867.

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