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Police want to throw bookat those behind vandalism

Glenwood police are continuing to stake out hot spots and solicit leads as they attempt to stop a rash of vandalism this summer.Frustrated by the continuing outbreak, police chief Terry Wilson said anyone arrested can expect to be prosecuted to the fullest extent allowed by law, to serve as a deterrence to others.”We’ve truly lost our sense of humor on this completely. So have people in the downtown area,” he said.Vandals have been marking structures with spray paint and permanent markers.”They’re hitting all the city parks, they’re hitting the pedestrian bridges, they’re hitting various places downtown. The parks are really getting slammed by it,” he said.”I’d say in the last month it’s really increased but we’ve had problems in the parks all summer long.”Vandals also have been damaging soft drink machines and bathrooms in city parks, he said.The language used and some other aspects of the graffiti lead Wilson to believe teenagers are the culprits. Anyone who is 18 or over and is caught and convicted of vandalism can be sentenced to as much as a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. And that’s for each incident. Wilson said police would seek the maximum charges and penalty per incident if anyone is convicted in connection with the vandalism spree.”It’s senseless, it’s destructive, it is counter to having a nice community for us, for our guests, for our visitors in town,” Wilson said.Hoping to catch someone in the act, police have been monitoring areas where they think vandals might strike again.”Hopefully we’ll get lucky and wander up to the right place in the right time and find somebody doing the wrong thing,” Wilson said.Police also are hoping for any leads from the public. The police department may be reached at 384-6500.Given the presumed age of the vandals, Wilson also would welcome any vigilance by parents regarding signs that their children might be involved, such as spray paint or markers discovered in the house or in a youth’s possession. Earlier this summer, he said, one local dad came across some items suggesting his kid might be committing vandalism.”He kind of took care of things,” Wilson said.Contact Dennis Webb: 945-8515, ext. 516dwebb@postindependent.com

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