Apparent vandals tear up Evansville construction site

2014-05-06T08:00:00Z Apparent vandals tear up Evansville construction siteBy PATRICK SIMONAITIS Casper Star-Tribune The Billings Gazette

The construction site of a would-be trampoline park in Evansville was the scene of vandalism this weekend, where police say someone commandeered some of the heavy equipment at the site and caused extensive damage to the surrounding area.

Shawn McCoul, a partner in establishing “Jump Craze,” the trampoline park, in Evansville, said the damage to the construction itself — which is in its early stages — is minimal, but it appeared as if hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage was done to the construction equipment at the site near Interstate 25.

McCoul said it appeared as if someone had taken an excavator and “ran it into all the equipment,” poked holes in diesel tanks and tipped over or tore apart construction trailers. At the scene, one trailer was overturned, a hole had been torn in its roof and spray-painted graffiti was visible inside.

“It was a ton of damage,” McCoul said.

Capt. Tom Laughrey of the Evansville Police Department said an investigation into the incident is ongoing and in its early stages. He said the vandalism took place late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.

Laughrey did not comment on how the apparent vandal or vandals were able to operate the machinery at the site.

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