The Public is Asked to Help Curb Thefts of Recyclable Metals in City Parks

Theft of metal recyclables limits availability of park restrooms

Aaron Champagne, 509.363.5459

Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 9:31 a.m.

If you witness a crime in progress, call 911. If you have additional information related to thefts of materials, call Crime Check at 509.456.2233.

The Parks and Recreation department is asking for the public’s help to curb the theft of metal plumbing parts and other recyclable metals and materials from our parks. If you see suspicious activities, especially those involving park restrooms, please report them to police.

Many park restrooms have been targeted numerous times so far this season by thieves seeking to cash in on stolen materials. Not only does this cost the department thousands of dollars in repairs but also limits the availability of restrooms for patrons.

When park restrooms are vandalized they are closed to the public until all necessary repairs are completed. This is especially troubling with most schools finishing up this week and park use increasing.