Sumter police are investigating more than $100,000 in damages to sports complex

The Sumter Police Department is actively working to identify the individual(s) responsible for vandalizing a sports complex, resulting in over $100,000 in damages. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for any information that leads to an arrest in this case.

The vandalism occurred sometime after the complex closed at 8 p.m. on Sunday and was discovered the following morning at Patriot Park. The damage included graffiti made with black paint that was taken from the park’s storage area. Equipment, electronics, heating and air conditioning units, computers, camera/security systems, concession stand, supplies, and restrooms were all affected by the vandalism.

Officials at Sumter County Government expressed disappointment in the destruction of the facilities at Patriot Park, which hosts numerous sporting events and draws around 350,000 people annually. They vowed to repair and clean up the damage and expressed support for law enforcement’s efforts to find those responsible for the vandalism.

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact the Sumter Police Department at 803-436-2700. Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers via their website at P3tips.com or using the P3tips app.

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