ALTON • Police are asking for the public's help in locating the vandals who shattered about 50 lights and stole bulbs from the amphitheater in Riverfront Park sometime Monday night or early Tuesday morning, causing about $6,000 in damage.
Anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of the vandals could receive $1,000.
“It’s very disappointing to me that at a time when resources are already being stretched thin we now have to divert workers from their tasks related to flood repairs and city beautification," Alton Public Works Director Robert Barnhart said in a statement. "Instead of those vital projects, my staff is now working to restore fixtures that are only broken because of foolish acts of vandalism.”
Officials say this is the second such incident in two weeks; several bulbs were damaged sometime May 9 or May 10.
The parks are typically open from sunrise to sunset, unless evening events are approved by the city. The city has issued a zero-tolerance policy effective immediately, stating that anyone caught trespassing in the park after hours will be arrested.
Police are encouraging anyone with information to call the Alton Police Department at 618-463-3505 or reach out to the department through social media.