WYTHEVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — The Wytheville Police Department is working to track down those responsible for vandalizing equipment at Spiller Elementary School over the weekend, including the playground.
According to a Facebook post by the department on Wednesday, April 28, the playground is not a public park and is only meant for Spiller Elementary students during school hours, which is why it is fenced in with locks on the gates.
The now-damaged equipment, as well as picnic tables, were purchased by the Spiller Parent Teacher Association through money from donations and fundraisers.
Police say three picnic tables that were damaged were moved to various locations, but those tables are very heavy and could not have been moved by a small child. Therefore, the department believes teens or adults did the damage.
According to authorities, the playground is off limits to the public, which means anyone found on Spiller Elementary property who is not an invited guest will be charged with trespassing on school property.
Wythe County School Resource Officers are reportedly investigating the crime.
If you have any information that could help authorities identify those responsible, you are asked to call the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office at (276) 233-6000.
The Wytheville Police Department says officers will be conducting extra patrols around the area after hours and on weekends.
Police say that if you see anyone on Spiller Elementary School property after hours, you should call 911 immediately.