Vandals Extinguish Boaz Parks and Recreation

BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) — The Boaz Recreation Center is closed until further notice as workers clean up after a break in.

The city is offering a $500 reward to catch vandals who discharged fire extinguishers throughout the building overnight.

Despite washing it four times Wednesday morning, the basketball court remained coated with powder and residue.

“You sweep them and clean them with mineral spirits and you do the best you can,” director E.R. Brown said.

“Then you’ve got to come back where it’s settling off the walls and the rafters and ceiling and dropping back down.”

Police noticed nothing out of the ordinary when they passed by on routine patrol at 1 a.m.

During a drive by at 5 a.m., they found a city truck crashed into a fence.

The culprits didn’t escape with the truck, but they got away.

“It was still in the fence and running, so when I opened it up the shed they’d done the same thing with the fire extinguishers there,” Brown said.

Police determined the vandals broke into the main recreation center building first.

Brown said they broke a door, smashed a couple vending machines, and pulled the fire extinguishers out of their storage units and containers and coated everything with it.

Next they went to Paradise Park, a couple of blocks away.

Investigators said the vandals did the same damage to the concession stand for the baseball and softball diamonds.

“All our product is lost except drinks in the machines that didn’t get damaged and freezers and things,” Brown said.

“Plus they broke our storage bins and store, and all of that will have to be thrown away and replaced with new product.”

He said the vandals put a barrel trash bin on top of a table to climb up on the roof and into the second floor.

There were more broken cameras, and the power supply to the recorders was ripped out, of its case.

It was shattered on the ground, beneath a second story window that was knocked out.

Brown hopes technicians can save the recordings and identify the vandals.

Police said juveniles may be involved, and hope a teen may hear a peer brag about it and turn that person in for the reward money.

If you have information about the vandals, call Boaz Police at 256.593.6812.

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