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Cash reward offered for information about Jaffrey playground vandalism

  • Jaffrey Parks and Recreation has closed the Humiston Park playground until further notice after vandals removed nuts, bolts, and playground equipment sometime Sunday night. Courtesy photo

  • Jaffrey Parks and Recreation has closed the Humiston Park playground until further notice after vandals removed nuts, bolts, and playground equipment sometime Sunday night. Courtesy photo

  • Jaffrey Parks and Recreation has closed the Humiston Park playground until further notice after vandals removed nuts, bolts, and playground equipment sometime Sunday night. Courtesy photo



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, July 05, 2018 10:4AM

An anonymous donor has offered a $500 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the closing of Jaffrey’s Humiston Park playground.

The playground was forced to close indefinitely on Monday morning after Parks and Recreation staff noticed that the playground equipments’ nuts and bolts had been loosened and removed. Additionally, monkey bars were stolen and a number of items were flipped over. 

Jaffrey Police Chief Bill Oswalt said Tuesday morning that a resident had called him to offer up the reward.

“This is not common in my experience. I can’t come up with an example in recent memory,” said Oswalt, when asked about the reward. “The person found [the vandalism] to be offensive. They wanted to help in any way they could.”

Oswalt said an officer has been conducting interviews and is working on a couple leads at this time. 

More than 30 community members helped to build the new playground on May 5 and 6, with it opening to the public on May 22.

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.