Quail Creek Hydro Plant vandalized, $5,000 reward offered

Posted at 6:32 PM, Apr 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-09 20:32:43-04

HURRICANE, UT – The Washington County Water Conservancy District renewed its commitment to a $5,000 reward for information leading to arrests in the recent vandalism to their properties.

The latest incident occurred at the Quail Creek Hydro Plant, which is located west of Hurricane. Vandals scaled a 6-feet-6-inches tall razor wire fence and pried off a steel door on Sunday night.

“We think it’s very unusual this took place,” said WCWCD associate general manager Corey Cram. “We don’t know exactly why. We have seen a lot of burglaries in the area recently with the price of copper being high.”

Cram said there doesn’t appear to be anything missing from the hydro plant. The break in comes less than a month after vandals stole a copper trellis from the Southern Utah Water Conservation Garden in St. George.

The two incidents appear unrelated. Sgt. Johnny Heppler, St. George Police Department, said that, generally speaking, spring and summer are peak times for vandalism.

“There’s more people out and about at more hours,” Heppler said. “Often times people spend a lot of time outdoors at night.”

Heppler said they largely rely on eye-witnesses when investigating vandalism. He said residents should be vigilant and report suspicious activity immediately.

Meanwhile, Cram said additional security will be installed at the hydro plant.