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Vandals strike at Youngwood pool

Paul Peirce
| Monday, May 16, 2016, 11:51 a.m.
Security camera image shows one of the two females suspected of vandalizing the Youngwood Park and Pool facility and stealing two cash registers early Monday.
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Security camera image shows one of the two females suspected of vandalizing the Youngwood Park and Pool facility and stealing two cash registers early Monday.
Security camera image shows one of the two females suspected of vandalizing the Youngwood Park and Pool facility and stealing two cash registers early Monday.
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Security camera image shows one of the two females suspected of vandalizing the Youngwood Park and Pool facility and stealing two cash registers early Monday.
Austin Erhard of the Youngwood Public Works Department reviews the footage from surveillance cameras on May 16, 2016 that shows vandals at Youngwood Area Park and Pool.
Sean Stipp | Tribune-Review
Austin Erhard of the Youngwood Public Works Department reviews the footage from surveillance cameras on May 16, 2016 that shows vandals at Youngwood Area Park and Pool.
A bench that had been damaged by vandals at Youngwood  Park and Pool.
Sean Stipp | Tribune-Review
A bench that had been damaged by vandals at Youngwood Park and Pool.

Youngwood Park and Pool officials are assessing damage caused early Monday by vandals who broke into the facility and fled with two cash registers.

A security video showed two females in their late teens or early 20s who also threw two concrete benches into the pool at the facility, broke a window, damaged a picnic table and took a small amount of food during their spree, officials said.

“It's very disappointing. I hope state police are able to catch whoever did this,” said park and pool Manager Kelly Genard.

Genard said a passerby noticed a door to the facility at 801 S. 10th St. ajar when he was out for a walk and called borough officials Monday morning.

“Those concrete benches are both at least 150 pounds each and were broken by the force after they were thrown onto the floor of the empty pool,” Genard said. “We probably won't know the extent of (damage) until we start to refill the pool.”

Genard did not anticipate the damage would cause a delay in the pool's scheduled June 2 opening.

“What's equally disappointing is that we had a number of volunteers down here for more than five hours Sunday painting and devoting their personal time working here on various projects, and then someone does something like this. There's a lot of people who care enough to donate their time here, and then this happens,” Genard said.

Borough crews were at the pool cleaning up the mess late Monday morning.

A damage estimate was not available.

The security video of the vandals was turned over to state police in Greensburg.

In September 2011, the 55-year-old facility was vandalized after it closed after Labor Day. Four teenagers were ordered to perform work at the pool as part of their punishment by retired Hempfield District Judge James Falcon.

Anyone who may have seen anything suspicious near the facility is asked to call state police at 724-832-3288.

Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. He can be reached at 724-850-2860 or ppeirce@tribweb.com.

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