Cameras catch park vandals in the act

by nathan oster

With a big assist from the new security cameras, the Greybull Police Department was able to solve two recent acts of vandalism at the city park.

Police Chief Bill Brenner said video footage from the cameras helped investigators identify a 15-year-old Greybull girl who egged the pop machine on April 9 and get a confession out of a 14-year-old boy who admitted damaging the porcelain tank cover of a toilet bowl in the women’s restroom.

The security cameras were installed earlier this year to address the concerns of members of the town council and town staff about vandalism in the park.  The restroom building, in particular, has been a target of vandals in recent years.

The cameras captured the egg-thrower in the act, said Brenner.  The girl at first denied her involvement, but later confessed after being informed she had been caught on video.  According to Brenner, she was cited for property defacement.

The incident occurred during the weekend of April 7-8.

Also after that weekend, town officials found that someone had lit toilet paper on fire in the men’s stall and broken the porcelain tank cover off the toilet in the women’s restroom.

After a review of the camera footage, police were able to identify a group of teenagers who were acting suspiciously, going in and out of both the men’s and women’s restrooms.  While under questioning from an officer, one of the suspects, a 14-year-old boy, confessed to damaging the cover.  The teen denied it was intentional, saying it had been “messed with” before he got there and that he was simply in the process of putting it back when it dropped.

Police gave him the benefit of the doubt, opting not to cite him and instead simply working out an agreement with him and his family to pay for the damaged cover.