Vandals Cause $100,000 in Damages at Patriot Park Sports Complex in Sumter

Sumter Police Investigate Over $100,000 in Damages to Sports Complex

On Sunday night, vandals struck the popular Patriot Park sports complex in Sumter, causing over $100,000 in damages. The vandalism occurred after closing hours at 8 p.m. and was discovered the following morning by a passerby who noticed a possible break-in at the facility.

The vandals used black paint from the park’s storage area to create graffiti on equipment and electronics such as heating and air conditioning units, computers, camera/security systems, concession stands, and restrooms. The Sumter Police Department is currently investigating the case of vandalism and is seeking any information that can help identify the person(s) responsible for the crime. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

Officials at Sumter County Government expressed their disappointment at the vandalism, as Patriot Park is a popular venue that draws around 350,000 people annually for soccer, softball, and baseball games and tournaments. Despite the damage, they are committed to repairing and cleaning up the area and moving forward. They support the efforts of law enforcement in bringing the responsible parties to justice.

If anyone witnessed any suspicious activity in the vicinity of the sports complex between Sunday evening and Monday morning or has any tips regarding this incident, they are urged to contact the Sumter Police Department immediately at 803-436-2700 or submit them through Crime Stoppers’ website at P3tips.com or using their P3tips app. Stay informed and connected with WIS by subscribing to their email newsletter and downloading their apps for more free content like this. If you have any feedback to help improve their services, click on the provided link. Copyright 2024 WIS. All rights reserved

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