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Vandals strike Swan Creek Metropark community building

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Broken glass, busted door handles and fixtures ripped straight from the wall....it wasn't what Swan Creek workers were expecting when they opened the park's small community building on Sunday morning.  Investigators say someone or a group of people threw a rock through a large back window to break in, and wreaked havoc once inside.

"Doors, door handles, drywall that type of thing was heavily damaged," says Joe Fausnaugh, the Chief Metroparks Ranger.  "It appears to be more vandalism than theft related."

It's disappointing to park leaders who poured thousands into Yager Center renovations three years ago.  The latest damage could set them back $5,000 for repairs.

"In 2011 we renovated the entire facility so this room we're in was completely redone as well as some new restrooms," says the park officer.

Park visitors describe Swan Creek as a peaceful and safe place to bring family.  While they were surprised at the news, many said their feelings about the park haven't changed.

"It's quiet, it's clean, and I love seeing the officers, you feel safe," says Darice Hughes who regularly walks the trails.

"I've had friends asked me if I feel safe there and I'm like yeah I do," says another park visitor, Cari Breidenbach.  "So yeah, I'm pretty shocked."

The center isn't monitored by security cameras, but there are plenty throughout the park.  Workers are optimistic the footage and other evidence will help them track down the delinquents behind the damage.

"We do have some pretty promising evidence so I'm confident that we'll be able to identify the people involved and hold them responsible," Fausnaugh tells 13abc.

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