Police searching for skateboarders accused of nearly $2,000 in damage
Oklahoma City police are searching for several skateboarders accused of causing nearly $2,000 in damage to a fountain at the Myriad Botanical Gardens in late January.
On Jan. 31, police were called to the Gardens, 301 W Reno Ave., where a staff member reported the damage. The staff member told police three people were skating on top of the granite fountain near the Bandshell when a piece of the granite broke off.
Leslie A. Spears, spokeswoman for the Gardens, said staff have had nothing but trouble with the three skateboarders before the fountain was damaged. She said they are “habitual” in their skateboarding at the Gardens and have always been rude when encountered by staff.
“When staff talk to them they cuss at us. We’ve tried talking to them. We’re reasonable people,” Spears said.
“The Gardens has nothing against skate boarders. It is frustrating to for the Gardens Foundation … and especially for our facility crew who work hard to make sure the gardens is in the best shape, to have this damage happen,” Spears said.
She said she hasn’t seen the trio come back since the damage happened.
Spears said it’s going to cost about $2,000 to replace the damaged granite, money that she said the non-profit could better use elsewhere, such as purchasing trees and booking entertainment.
The repairs are expected to take about a week.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 235-7300.