Putnam parks director: 'If we catch the people, they will be prosecuted to the fullest'

Putnam County's parks and recreation director says two vehicles and the Commons Building were vandalized over the weekend. (Putnam County Parks and Recreation)

Putnam County’s parks and recreation director is furious after vandals over the weekend broke into two vehicles and smashed a window on the Commons Building at Valley Park.

“I have zero tolerance on this kind of activity at the park,” Jarrod Dean said Monday. “People think they can come down here and do whatever they want and there will be no repercussions and that’s not going to happen.”

Dean between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday someone broke into two vehicles at Valley Park. A Louis Vuitton purse valued at $2,000 was stolen from one of the vehicles.

On Saturday night, someone broke a window at the Commons building. No entry was gained into the building, and nothing was stolen there.

Valley Park just completed a $15 million renovation and has a lot going for it, Dean said. He said one of the victims of the vehicle break-in was out playing disc golf at the park when the vandalism happened.

“If we catch the people, they will be prosecuted to the fullest,” he said.

Officials are working with law enforcement and are reviewing security video to try to identify the vandals. Dean said he has spoken with the Hurricane Police Department and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, and parks officials plan to beef up security at the park.

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