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Central Point police investigating vandalized park restroom

CENTRAL POINT — Central Point police are investigating who was behind about $2,000 in vandalism damage at a Central Point public park restroom over the weekend.

A city parks employee reported the vandalism Saturday at the Forest Glen Park restroom, Capt. Scott Logue said. The damage affected the interior of the structure and prompted a temporary closure.

"The majority of it was spray painted,“ Logue said. ”Some of it can be cleaned; some of it can be painted over, but you’re dealing with having to remove fixtures to paint around, that type of thing.“

The vandalism contained some disparaging messages that seemed aimed at the city of Central Point in general, city parks and public works director Matt Samitore said, though additional details weren’t available. The restroom may be closed the remainder of the week so parks employees can clean up and repaint, Samitore said.

The Forest Glen Park restroom is on a timer, locking and unlocking automatically at specified times, Logue said.

“I suppose if someone was in at the park in the evening before it locked itself, they could, in theory, just prop it open, keep it from locking,” he said.

Police have responded to other similar, but less severe, park bathroom incidents in recent weeks, including a call where someone removed light fixture covers and smeared pizza on the walls.

Police are asking anyone with security cameras living nearby to review the footage to see if the cameras captured anyone between 9 p.m. Friday, May 21 and 7 a.m. Saturday, May 22. This includes residents on Gatepark Drive, Circle Wood Drive, Wedgewood Drive, Forest Glen Drive, Maifair Place or White Chapel Drive.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Central Point police at 541-664-5578 and reference case number 21-3140.

Reach Mail Tribune web editor Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @ryanpfeil.