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Restrooms locked after vandals hit city parks in Breckenridge

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Vandals have trashed their way through city parks in Breckenridge, Minnesota.
Police say it's time to put an end to it.

Families like Kristin Nicholson's like to enjoy nice days at the park.

"I frequent this park," says Nicholson, Breckenridge City Clerk and Treasurer.

But there are some people trying to ruin it.

"Unfortunately, with the few frequent vandals the city has had to take measures," says Nicholson.

Vandalism has struck every one of the city parks in just a matter of weeks.

Police Chief Nate Harder says it's unacceptable.

"There's been broken backboards and flushed toilets," says Chief Harder..

Just this week, vandals caused thousands of dollars in damage after hitting the restrooms in 2 parks.

"They went in and turned on the water, locked the door and plugged the toilets. The septic system was full, so there was the cost of getting that going," says Nicholson.

Now the crimes aren't just costing the city, they are costing park goers who may have to take a restroom break.

"It's hard to see the bathrooms being locked up," says Harder.

But they say the community was warned, and they have no choice but to close all the restrooms in the parks in hopes to stop the vandalism.

"Parks are a huge asset.We don't tolerate vandalism," says Harder.

Because a place like this is for the community to enjoy and they don't need people ruining it.

"Citizens are our eyes and ears. We need them to call if there is a problem," says Harder.

Police will also be adding extra bike patrol around the parks.
Chief Harder says they'll find who is causing the damage even if they have to take extra measures like adding cameras.

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