Reward offered in Aspire vandalism in late August

A $1,000 reward has been offered in the late August vandalism at Aspire Park in South Clinton.

A Clinton Police Department report filed by Office Seth Johnson said the vandalism at the park was committed between 9:30 and 10:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28.

Andrew Smiddy, who reported the vandalism, stated, “An unknown subject came onto the property and took an excavator around the property and vandalized the newly constructed roadways causing significant damage to the property.”

Smiddy also stated, “The subject then went and got into a dirt mover on site as well and did donuts in the middle of the field, tearing up the dirt as well.”

The estimated damage to the road work and park area is $9,000. Another $1,000 worth of damage was done when, “The same subject cut away the metal backing of a skid steerer on site and attempted to remove the radiator, but was unsuccessful.”

A skid steer is a small, versatile piece of construction equipment used primarily for digging.

Smiddy said that the keys to Case machinery are all essentially the same and that anyone with a key could start any piece of Case machinery and drive it.

Last week the Hollingsworth Foundation put a $1,000 reward for information leading to the positive identification of the person or persons who committed the vandalism.

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