Picnic tables were among items vandalized during the July Fourth weekend, the city reported. It’s offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or people involved.

ANDERSON – Vandals caused significant damage at Shadyside Park during the July Fourth holiday.

The vandals knocked down several light poles, broke several globes on lights leading to the park’s shelter house and damaged picnic tables inside the shelter house.

The Anderson Police Department is investigating the vandalism, believed to have taken place Sunday evening or early Monday.

The damage was discovered about 7 a.m. Tuesday when employees with Anderson Parks & Recreation Department reported for work.

There also was damage to an electrical box, said Tom Tackett, maintenance supervisor for parks and rec.

The city is offering a $500 reward, through APD’s Crime Stoppers program, for information leading to the arrest of the individual or individuals responsible for the damage .

Information may be provided to Crime Stoppers by calling (765) 649-8310.

APD Detective Jake Brooks is the lead investigator and may be reached at (765) 648-6655.

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Senior Reporter covering Anderson and Madison County government, politics and auto racing for The Herald Bulletin. Has been working as a journalist in central Indiana since 1977.