2 juveniles arrested on suspicion of vandalism at Cedar City park

Posted at 2:38 PM, Apr 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-18 16:38:35-04

CEDAR CITY, Utah — Two juveniles have been arrested in connection to vandalism at a Cedar City park last week that resulted in thousands of dollars in damage.

Authorities are currently looking for a third juvenile suspect.

Cedar City Police were first called to Park Discovery, 2077 W. Royal Hunte Drive, at about 8:45 p.m. on Friday on a complaint that the park had been vandalized.

Officers found more than 50 locations within the park where someone had spray painted the toys, fences and signs causing an estimated damage amount of $5,000, according to a press release from Cedar City police.

Officials closed the park Saturday indefinitely in order to address the needed repairs and cleanup.

A lead in the case came when a Wal-Mart employee noticed the park closure posted on the Cedar City Leisure Services Facebook page.

According to the release, the employee recalled selling paint to three juveniles on Friday. With that information, police were able to obtain video surveillance and photos during the paint purchase.

Those images led the officers to identify two of the suspects through school employees, the release states.

Officers interviewed two juveniles, obtained statements and recovered evidence, which led to their arrest.

They were then booked into the Youth Corrections Facility on a charge of criminal mischief, a third-degree felony.

The third suspect has been identified but has not been located at this time, according to the release.