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Juveniles arrested after St. Peters park vandalized

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Damage after vandalism at Laurel Park in St. Peters (Credit: KMOV) Damage after vandalism at Laurel Park in St. Peters (Credit: KMOV)

ST. PETERS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Two juveniles are in custody after a St. Peters park was vandalized twice in a week.

The suspects allegedly confessed to starting a fire inside a tunnel that connects the two lower playground areas at Laurel Park. The flames were so big they scorched the concrete on both sides of the tunnel.

Investigators said one of the juveniles also confessed to vandalizing the park’s pool and implicated others in the pool vandalism that took place earlier in the week.

Authorities are urging parents to keep of their kids because two more juveniles were found inside the park around 5:45 a.m. Friday.

“This is a sad situation because it costs the community and affects the families who could be enjoying the wonderful playground we have at Laurel Park,” said Mayor Len Pagano. “I want to thank police for their hard work as well as the people in the community who are helping police try to find the parties responsible for these senseless acts of vandalism.”

The City of St. Peters announced the closure of the Laurel Park playground Thursday morning, citing vandalism as the reason. The playground will be closed until engineers can see if there is any structural damage, then repairs can be made.

The pool was closed for about three hours Tuesday morning while crews worked to repair damaged equipment following the vandalism.

Lisa Bedian, St. Peters spokesperson said, “It’s a very sad thing when you think about this playground inside a beautiful park. It’s a nice park but because of the selfish acts by some folks that are doing whatever they’re doing.”

One of the city workers says the vandalism is the ultimate in wasting tax dollars. The cost of the criminal damage is not known until the city studies the full extent of the damage.

Leah Clausen, St. Peters parent said, “I think it’s going to be hard for kids to have fun this summer. It’s really sad that that’s happening.”

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