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Parks, city property vandalized

Chief: ‘We’re extremely mad’

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 5:00 a.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013 5:15 a.m. CST

ROCK FALLS – Rock Falls Police this week responded to the sixth vandalism call on public property in a little more than a month.

All of the damage has occurred at parks and city property, police say, with the damage reaching thousands of dollars. Rock Falls Police Chief Mike Kuelper said the incidents appear to be related.

On Monday, police responded to vandalism at Sieglinger Memorial Park, 2199 Ninth Ave., where authorities found picnic tables, dumpsters, and trash cans overturned – the second call about damage at Sieglinger in as many days.

On Sunday at the park, authorities discovered picnic tables, dumpsters, and trash cans flipped over, as well as smashed lights.

The day before, police found two city cars parked in the city street garage with their windows and headlights smashed in. One car had its wiring torn out in what police say was an attempt to start it.

On Sept. 4, 11 and 19, police similarly responded to calls of criminal damage to property at Centennial Park, 508 E. 11th St., where, over the course of the month, they found picnic tables, dumpsters, bleachers, and trash cans overturned; a water fountain broken in half; tennis nets burned, PVC poles broken; support brackets to soccer nets broken; and windows at the Little Red Schoolhouse smashed in.

“We’re extremely mad,” Rock Falls Chief Mike Kuelper said. “It’s thousands of dollars of damage – taxpayers’ money. We just want to get the whole thing cleared up as quickly as possible.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Rock Falls Police Department at 815-622-1141, Crime Stoppers at 815-625-7867, or email the the police at Rewards may be paid upon convictions of the offenders.

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