South O Park Vandalized Again

Lindsey Theis

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South O Park Vandalized Again

CREATED Aug. 11, 2013

Omaha, NE-The members of the Deer Park Neighborhood Association found themselves victims of vandals again Sunday morning. When a group of volunteers showed up to water and plant trees at the park today, they found all their gear, gone. Someone had cut the volunteer's lock and took it.

"It is the lowest of the low. It's like stealing from a church or breaking into a church. You know what I mean? It's no different than that," said Christopher Larsen, a volunteer.

Steve Vokal, one of the group's organizers said vandals stole an expensive transplant shovel, two additional shovels, a pitchfork, a couple of rakes, a brand new wheel barrel.

"We were all in a circle and were just shocked," Vokal said.

They also found the sign to their beloved park tagged with graffiti. In total, Vokal says more than two hundred dollars worth of tools was stolen. All they have left are broken or beat up tools. They'll have to use their own money to replace it.

Early May, the group contacted KMTV about a story because criminals vandalized the park's porta-potty and covered picnic tables with oil. Vokal hoped then, that would be the end of it.

"By doing the work here in the park, this will lower the crime. This will make people happier. This will make a positive influence on the rest of the neighborhood. This vandalism needs to stop," he said.

Vokal filled out a police report. The city says it can cost anywhere from one hundred to five hundred dollars to clean up each piece of graffiti.