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Jennings park targeted with flurry of vandalism & theft

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A Jennings park has been the target of vandalism and theft.

Over the last four months, vandals have damaged items in Founders Park. The city says those responsible have even stolen Christmas lights, extension cords, spotlights, and other items. 

The latest instance, officials say, happened just last week.

"Friday morning this bench had been flipped over. It was into this flower bed. The officer arrived. He noticed there were tire tracks where somebody tried to back up. So, we're speculating they were trying to steal this bench out of the park," explained Jennings City Coordinator, Lin Fake 

Lin Fake is in charge of beautification of Founders Park, and he says the recent rash of vandalism frustrates him.

"I just keep feeling like I've hit a brick wall because people say why aren't you trying to do stuff to make everything look better, look nicer. And, then we keep trying, and you get here in the morning and somebody has been through the park, or taking the light bulbs, or the extension chords, or done whatever you've tried to fix," explained Fake

Now, the Jennings Police Department is stepping up efforts to find the people responsible for the damage.

"Extra patrols. You know, extra patrol it. Also, we might put it out on Facebook to make our citizens more aware," explained Detective Nathaniel Anderson.

Fake says his mission now is to keep his park beautiful and to catch the culprits responsible.

"I'm not gonna let anyone defeat us. We will keep doing what we have to do, to decorate and beautify our area," explained Fake.

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