Police seeking tips on Blackwell Park vandalism

The Columbus Police Department is seeking tips from the public to catch individuals who damaged a Columbus park.

The police department released a surveillance photo of two individuals who were videotaped in Blackwell Park and are believed to be responsible for damage there, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

The park, which is near Parkside School on the city’s north side, had floodlights around the bathrooms broken, trash cans tipped over and a damaged fence, Harris said.

The incident happened just before Christmas and was reported to police by the parks department.

Because one of the individuals is wearing a Columbus North High School sweatshirt, the department asked those who see the post on social media to share it with their friends in the hopes of identifying the two teens.

The cost of damage at Blackwell Park is estimated at about $1,000, Harris said.

Police are unsure whether the damage at Blackwell Park is related to vandalism at the Columbus Putt-Putt Golf Course at 10th and Marr streets reported on Jan. 2.

Vandals overturned and broke two miniature figurines on the Putt-Putt course and shattered overhead lights at the facility, which is closed for the winter. Damage to the Putt-Putt golf facility was estimated as $5,000 to $8,000.

Have a tip?

If you have information or can identify the individuals in a surveillance photo from Blackwell Park, call the Columbus Police Department at 812-376-2600.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.