Help sought finding vandals targeting Shadow Hill Park in Santee

The city of Santee is asking the public's help in finding the vandals that have been targeting a neighborhood park.

The taggers have spray-painted swastikas, scribbled the words 'white power' on walls, defaced bathroom stalls and even cut down oak trees at Shadow Hill Park.

The most recent incident occurred on April 16. Someone entered the park overnight and several trees were sawed off and 30 sprinkler heads were smashed. The damage to the irrigation system caused minor flooding, prompting the city to close the park for several days.

"It's very frustrating for us to have to come and spend thousands and thousands of dollars to repair," said Bob Stein, the manager of Santee's Public Services Department. "This particular park has been hit six times in the past four months."

The damage is costing the city almost $8,000 to clean up. Families who frequent the park say they are the ones paying the price.

"It's a bummer that [the vandals] are taking a place that's a safe place for our kids," said Santee resident Nancy Burris.

Robert Miller added to the frustration.

"It's pretty brazen that they have the guts to do it and getting away with it," he told 10News. "Hopefully, [the taggers] get caught."

The city has installed security cameras and a motion sensor alarm at the park but the vandals seem to be committing the crimes outside of the cameras' views.

Anyone with any information about the incidents is asked to call the San Diego County Sheriff's Department at (858) 565-5200 or CrimeStoppers at (888) 580-8477.

 

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