Vandals cause $100,000 in damages at Sumter’s popular sports complex; rewards offered for information leading to arrest.

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

The Sumter Police Department is currently investigating a case of vandalism at the Patriot Park sports complex, which resulted in damages over $100,000. They are seeking any information that can help identify the person(s) responsible for the crime, and a reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

The vandalism took place after closing hours at 8 p.m. on Sunday and was discovered the following morning by a passerby who noticed a possible break-in at the facility. The vandalism included graffiti made with black paint taken from the park’s storage area. Equipment and electronics such as heating and air conditioning units, computers, camera/security systems, concession stands, and restrooms were damaged.

Officials at Sumter County Government expressed 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 information about this crime that may be helpful to law enforcement officials, they are urged to contact the Sumter Police Department immediately at 803-436-2700 or submit tips through Crime Stoppers website or using their app. Tips can remain anonymous if requested.

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