Turlock vandals hit Donnelly Park restrooms

June 28, 2013 

— Vandalism at city parks is nothing new. But the restrooms at Donnelly Park in Turlock have been hit so many times in recent days that the city's Parks and Recreation Department is putting out an appeal for help finding the culprits.

According to Turlock police officer Mayra Lewis, the department received reports of tagging and graffiti in the restrooms on June 19, 25 and 26. The incidents generally happen between 3:30 and 8 p.m., "times when city crew is not directly supervising the parks' facilities," she said in an email.

Repairs and painting over the recent work cost roughly $500 for labor and materials; each year, the city spends about $19,000 to combat vandalism at its facilities.

Bob Boys, neighborhood services supervisor for the department, said the recent spate is the biggest the city has seen.

The Parks and Recreation Department posted an item about the incidents on its Facebook page.

"The intent behind the ... post was to make our community aware that this is happening and to ask them for help by reporting this type of crime," Lewis said. "As a community, we need to work together to keep our parks and city free of graffiti."

Investigators ask anyone who sees vandalism or tagging activity to call police at (209) 669-5550.

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