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Posted on: July 19, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Four juveniles charged following vandalism of Republic Aquatic Center

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Police have solved the case of a bizarre vandalism incident at the Republic Aquatic Center.

On the morning of Sunday, July 14, RAC workers discovered someone had broken into the facility and pushed a lawnmower into the deep-end of the swimming pool.  Gasoline and oil from the mower seeped into the water.  The process to retrieve the mower, and filter the water, forced the center to close Sunday and Monday. The cost of cleanup, coupled with missed revenue from the closure, resulted in thousands of dollars in losses.  Operations returned to normal on Tuesday.  

Security camera footage of the incident was handed over the Republic Police Department. Following a five-day investigation, authorities tracked down four juvenile suspects seen in the video.  All are under the age of 18, including three young men and a young woman.  The individuals were contacted and interviewed by Greene County Juveline Justice Center officers.  All four suspects have since been charged with trespassing.  Two of them were also charged with property damage.  Because of their ages, the names of the individuals accused of the crimes will not be released.

For more information, contact Michael Landis, Public Information Officer, at

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