On Saturday, Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nick Hermann, Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and Denise Johnson, the Executive Director of the Parks and Recreation Department held a press conference to address the issue with the Garvin Park Pool vandalism.
They announced that officials are offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the Garvin Park Pool vandalism.
Mayor Winnecke has reiterated his statement that the vandalism at the Garvin Park Pool was senseless, and he believes the Evansville community has more pride than that.
For the third day in a row, the temperature in Evansville has hovered around 90-degrees, and Garvin Park Pool is closed.
"It's been really hot all week," says a neighborhood kid. "Now the fact that we can't go in the pool really sucks."
Wednesday night's vandalism left dents and a tear in the pool's $60,000 liner. Now, the city is determined to found out who did this.
"We're announced that there will be a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible for this," says Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nick Hermann.
Hermann says the tips must come through the city's new 'We-Tip' line.
"Crimes don't solve themselves. We need help here. We need the information. We need the names of the people that did this, and once we get that, we'll be able to do our jobs," says Hermann. "We're asking the people in the community to talk to their friends and their neighbors, find out what information is available and to call the tip line as soon as they can let us know, so that the law enforcement can get in touch with those people, interview them, and proceed with this case."
Meanwhile, the kids in the area have found other ways of keeping cool, but they say they'd rather be in the pool.
"We've been dipping our feet in the fountain and it's been really fun using the water guns," says a neighborhood kid. "What I hope is that they hopefully soon fill that pool up and let us get in."
Parks and Recreation Director Denise Johnson says pool experts will take a look at the pool on Monday to assess the damage. If the liner doesn't have to be replaced, Johnson says they expect the pool to reopen by the end of next week.
The person with information must call the tip into WeTip, which is 1-800-78-CRIME, and give those crime details. Officials say the tips will be immediately shared with the police.
WeTip operators are available 24/7 to take the calls, and will not take any personal information of the caller. After the information is given, WeTip operators will explain on the reward system works.
Be sure to phone in your tips to 1-800-78-CRIME.
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