City of Berryville offers $1K reward for info on vandalism

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

A recent spate of vandalism has prompted the City of Berryville to offer a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible.

According to a news release issued by the mayor’s office last week, the incident occurred at the city’s new restroom facility at City Pool Park last week.

“We’re just trying to get the reward out there and make people understand that vandalism like this is tearing up things that taxpayers pay for,” said Mayor Tim McKinney. “We want to make a statement that we won’t tolerate this and will prosecute these vandals to the full extent of the law.”

Tim Mckinney

According to police reports, the incident occurred sometime on Monday, Sept. 27.

“They went into the new restrooms and ripped a heater off the wall and stole it,” said Berryville Police Chief Robert Bartos. “They also spray-painted on the floor.”

As of Monday morning, Bartos said, police haven’t been contacted by anyone with information on the incident.

In last week’s news release, the mayor’s office stated, “facilities such as these are only possible thru spending your hard-earned tax dollars and even though they are much-needed facilities that are appreciated by most, they always seem to be targets for vandalism.”

The release went on to ask that local residents get involved in helping protect city facilities by “reporting any vandalism of public property that you might witness and in educating those within your sphere of influence that vandalism such as this may have more consequences than just the punishment that the responsible persons may face.”

Bartos said his officers do their best to keep an eye on the city’s parks, which close nightly at 10 p.m.

“We try to patrol the parks as much as we can,” Bartos said. “This facility is a new one that’s only been running since the beginning of summer.”

Both Bartos and McKinney asked that anyone with any information that might be useful in the apprehension of the vandals responsible contact the Berryville Police Department at 870-423-3343.

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