Suspects Caught In Cedar City Park Vandalism

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CEDAR CITY, Utah, (ABC4 Utah) Police have found the teens accused of causing thousands of dollars in damage to a popular Cedar City Park. Two juveniles face third degree felony charges while the community rallies to clean up the vandalism. 
 
Fifty toys, fences and signs were spray painted in Cedar City’s Park Discovery Friday. 
 
“It’s the worst I’ve seen” Cedar City Parks & Outdoor Facilities Manager said. 
 
But the tools used to do the tagging were the same used to catch the suspects. 
 
After a cashier at Walmart saw the damage, Cedar City police say the employee remembered selling the paint to a group of juveniles that same night. Through pictures and surveillance videos, police were able to identify the suspects. 
 
“I was speechless. I couldn’t imagine somebody would do that,” Bingham said. 
 
The damage is estimated at $5,000.  The park remains closed until further notice. Crews have worked three days straight to remove most of the graffiti, starting with the most vulgar. 
 
Eighteen-year-old Josh Batis made memories at Park Discovery as a child.
 
“It hurts a lot that this is my childhood that would be trashed so easily, especially after the community came and worked so hard to put this together, to disregard that and destroy it anyway,” Batis said. 
 
On Thursday, the city is hosting a day of service where anyone can come out and help clean up the park from 9 AM to 7 PM. 
 
The suspects are being held in the juvenile detention center. Cedar City Police tell ABC4 Utah they have an eye on a third and final vandalism suspect in this case. 

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