A community development in Springfield meant to bring about a positive, family friendly environment for foster, low income and homeless children, has been marred after someone ripped a turtle ride off its spring in a new playground area and stole two picnic tables.
The vandalism and theft comes just a few days after Ward 6 Alderman Cory Jobe announed the demolition of two buildings around 7th and South Grand to make way for the playground and community garden for Family Service Center.
Jobe says the crime overshadows the quickly moving positive changes to the area in the past six weeks.
Alderman Cory Jobe addressing the press about the vandalism and theft
Springfield Police are reviewing video footage and canvassing the neighborhood for any evidence that could lead to anyone responsible in theft and criminal damage.
Springfield Deputy Police Chief Cliff Buscher says investigators are already doing the legwork but the public’s help is crucial.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois is donating an additional $2,000 to cover the cost of the damage and stolen property.
Jobe, alongside the Family Service Center, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and Springfield Police are asking anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers at 788-8427.