PLAQUEMINE, La. (BRPROUD) — City of Plaquemine officials say all city parks will be closed until cameras damaged in vandalism can be replaced.
The closure was announced Tuesday after two arrests were made Monday in connection to recent vandalism in the area.
Destruction includes vandalism at three parks over the last weekend, activity center break-ins, and vehicles set on fire, officials said in a social media post on Monday. They said the two vehicles set on fire were used by the fire department for wreck extradition training.
Authorities were able to arrest two juveniles in connection to the activity center break-in and vehicles set on fire after reviewing surveillance camera footage.
Other damages involve city sign damage and a fire set to mulch at North Park on Saturday, according to city officials. However, officials said cameras at City Park have not yet been replaced since the last vandalism which vandals targeted. Camera replacement will take two to three weeks to complete.
Since the vandalism started months ago, city officials said the cost of damages, clean-ups, and repairs is costing Plaquemine thousands of dollars.
There are four parks in Plaquemine — Fort Area Park, Herman Graham Park, Plaquemine City Park, and Plaquemine North Park.
Anyone with information about vandalism crime in Plaquemine is asked to call the police at 225-687-9273.