Two teens cited in Shady Cove vandalism case

Two teenage boys are alleged to be the chainsaw-wielding culprits in a vandalism case that caused hundreds of dollars in damage to a Shady Cove park earlier this month, police said.

The boys, 14 and 15 years old, were cited and released by the Jackson County Sheriff's Department. They will appear in court on charges they vandalized several spots in Aunt Caroline's Park, located in the 2500 block of Indian Creek Road. The Mail Tribune is choosing not to release their names because of their ages.

An investigation by the sheriff's department and tips through Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon led police to the boys, according to a release. The teens allegedly used a chainsaw to cut down two trees, carve a 3-by-3-foot hole in the side of the park's pump house and saw two picnic benches in half. One of the benches had been damaged the day before and had been replaced, but was damaged as it awaited a new paint job. The vandalism was done between 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, and 7 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1.

Sheriff's department officials said the amount of damage is not finalized.

"It's safe to say it's over $1,000," Capt. Monte Holloway said.

Motive for the vandalism remains under investigation. Anyone with additional information should direct it to the sheriff's department tip line at 541-774-8333.

— Ryan Pfeil

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