Vandals Strike Sumter’s Patriot Park Sports Complex, Causing Over $100,000 in Damages: Police Seek Info to Bring Criminals to Justice

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 that resulted in damages over $100,000. 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. 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.

The Sumter Police Department is seeking any information that can help identify the person(s) responsible for the crime and has offered a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest. If anyone witnessed any suspicious activity in the vicinity of the sports complex between Sunday evening and Monday morning or has any other relevant information, 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.

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