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Alleged vandals hit nature center, post photos of damage on Facebook

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOV.com) -

A group of teenage girls allegedly vandalized the Edwardsville Watershed Nature Center and then posted photos of what they did on Facebook.

The incident occurred on March 25 at the 46-acre outdoor learning center. It was tagged with graffiti after the girls allegedly parked, took a half-mile walk along the park’s trail and left a path of graffiti. The teens reportedly left the spray paint can behind.

“I quickly saw a group of young ladies who had visited us had taken a picture of themselves as they were vandalizing the railroad tracks with their faces, their names and all of their identifying information,” said Eve Drueke, the Watershed Programs Director.

Drueke took screen shots of the Facebook post and called police. Officers say it took them less than an hour to arrest those responsible.

The center’s director says vandals strike every spring. As a result, the center installed a $10,000 security camera system on March 28 to deter such activity in the future. The camera system is monitored by Edwardsville police. Four more cameras are expected to be installed along the trail and inside the nature center building.

Police have not commented on whether the teens will be charged.

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