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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is looking into a vandalism that destroyed several park items at the Smith Creek Park.

The county parks and gardens tells us it happened sometime Friday.

They say the free library was destroyed and thrown into the lake. The vandals also ripped the bulletin board sign out of the ground. The fact is, this is the third time the county has had to replace the library there.

They anticipate the damage to cost more than $1500.

“What’s so frustrating is that it’s not that someone needed money or needed something,” said New Hanover Co. Parks and Gardens director Tara Duckworth. “They just did it to be spiteful I guess.”

Parks and gardens says the sheriff’s office is following leads on who the vandals may be.

“It’s just very frustrating and we are just looking to folks in the community to try and keep their eyes peeled. Help us to stop this kind of nonsense really,” Duckworth said.

The Parks and Gardens says Smith Creek Park unfortunately is notorious for garnering vandalism. They say at least six times this year the parks and gardens has had to fix some form of vandalism to the park. It’s so often that vandals strike New Hanover county parks that they have a budget of fifty thousand dollars to handle the anticipated costs of damage.

“This is not new it’s just very frustrating,” Duckworth said.

Parks and gardens is asking neighbors to alert the sheriff’s office if they see anyone at the park after hours.

If they have any information, contact NHSO.

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