Citations issued in chainsaw vandalism cases

SHADY COVE — Two teenage boys are alleged to have been the chainsaw-wielding vandals who caused hundreds of dollars in damage to a Shady Cove park earlier this month, police said.

The boys, 14 and 15, 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, in the 2500 block of Indian Creek Road.

Their names are not being published because of their ages.

An investigation by the Jackson County 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 cut two picnic benches in half. One of the benches had been damaged the day before and had been replaced. It was vandalized as it awaited a new paint job.

The damage occurred between 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, and 7 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1.

Sheriff's officials said damage estimates have not been tallied, but said costs could exceed $1,000.

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

The case remains under investigation. Anyone with additional information should call the Sheriff's Department tip line at 541-774-8333.

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com.


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