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Vandals trash Don Jones Memorial Park

Police are looking for the individuals who vandalized Don Jones Memorial Park in Central Point earlier this week.

The damage, reported Wednesday morning, included spray paint on many park facilities, with pictures of male genitalia and numerous curse words on display, according to Detective Josh Abbott.

"It was all over the park," Abbott said. "All over the play structures, the restroom."

There were also some symbols spray painted, but police aren't certain they are gang related, especially due to the juvenile nature of the majority of the graffiti.

"Usually gang tags are pretty specific," Abbott said. "We don't know for sure."

A memorial tree at the park was also broken and spray painted, he added. In addition, several pumpkins had been smashed at the bottom of a hill, with two plastic pumpkins also spray painted.

The paint was removed by city workers. Abbott estimated hundreds of dollars in damage. Police recovered a paint can used at the scene.

"We're going to attempt to see if we can get some prints, possibly, and see where it was sold at," Abbott said.

Police are reviewing footage captured by a surveillance camera at a nearby apartment complex. They hope to view additional footage captured by other citizen-owned cameras near the park, too.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Central Point police at 541-664-5578.

— Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.