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Lehman Township community park damaged by vandals

Boy Scout building sustained heavy damage

LEHMAN TOWNSHIP, PIKE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - State police are looking for the vandals who caused thousands of dollars in damage at a park in Pike County this weekend.

The Lehman Township Community Park was damaged either late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. 

Francis Oquendo has been involved with the Boy Scouts for 20 years. 

When he came to the Lehman Township Community Park on Sunday he never expected to see the building used by the boy scouts in shambles.

“When I looked inside the building and saw all the devastation I was really sat back!” Francis Oquendo, Assistant Scout Master with Troop 87 said. 

Decorations for Eagle Scout ceremonies were damaged and statues smashed, funnel cake mix used for fundraisers dumped on the floor and vulgar and racist graffiti was written on doors and walls. 

“It’s sad. It’s very discouraging. It’s frustrating,” Lehman Township supervisor Rob Rohner said. 

Lehman Township supervisor Rob Rohner says every building in the park was broken into expect one. 

Some had windows smashed, others had their screens sliced. 

A large machine which was ready to help clean up storm damage from the nor’easter in March was also damaged. 

“It will set us back because the police are still doing their investigation so we’re kind of at a standstill with what we’ve been doing until that is done,” Rohner said. 

The park does have surveillance cameras and township leaders say they’re reviewing that footage. 

Officials suspect kids were involved in vandalism. 
They now just want to know why it was done. 

“If they had that much time, maybe they should join scouts and see what we’re all about and see what they could do with their lives,” Oquendo said. 

Since news of the vandalism got out, Boy Scout Troop 87 says it has gotten calls from neighboring troops asking how they can help. 

Anyone with information on the damage should call state police in Blooming Grove.
 


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