Vandals Strike At Sports Complex For Seventh Time


Tuesday, September 4th 2007, 4:45 pm
By: News On 6


A Labor Day weekend vandalism spree will mean a lot of labor for volunteers at a Tulsa soccer club. Vandals spray painted all over the club's buildings. News On 6 anchor Craig Day reports it isn't the first time vandals have targeted the Tulsa United Soccer Club.

At the Tulsa United Soccer Club, just off U.S. Highway 169, there is quite a mess to clean up before the season starts.

"I just don't know why," said Al Beall, Tulsa United Soccer Club.

Vandals targeted all of the soccer clubs buildings, all four sides of the main building, smaller storage sheds, even the portable bathrooms.

"The first thing that went through my mind when I saw it was I just couldn't believe it,” Beall said. “Normally they paint eye level because that's what they can get to. This they had to have a ladder up there."

Al Beall is one of the volunteers who will have to paint over the graffiti before the season begins in a few days.

"You're painting a 20 foot tall building. That's going to take four or five hours,” said Beall. “Now who's going to come out here and do it?"

The vandalism happened sometime over the Labor Day weekend, most likely overnight Friday to Saturday. But, Beall says the graffiti is a recurring problem. Just this summer, the soccer club has had to repaint over vandalism six times. This latest case, the seventh time in just a matter of months, is by far the worst.

Last year, there were even more vandalism cases at the club.

"A.S.K. same group,” said Beall.

“It's the same ones that have been doing it?” asked News On 6 anchor Craig Day.

“It's the same one. A.S.K." Beall said.

Beall hopes the vandals are caught and forced to trade their spray cans for a paint brush, so they clean up the mess they've made themselves.

The vandals also spray painted a school crossing sign down the street from the soccer complex. Each time a sign is vandalized it can cost about $50 to replace.

If you have any information on this vandalism call Crimestoppers, 596-COPS.

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