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Over $10,000 of vandalism reported in West Melbourne park

Damage was likely was done early Saturday

Damage at Max Rodes Park in West Melbourne (Photo: Mary Thompson)
Damage at Max Rodes Park in West Melbourne (Photo: Mary Thompson)

WEST MELBOURNE, Fla. – Substantial damage was done on and around a football field at Max K. Rodes Park in West Melbourne by what appears to be someone in a vehicle.

News 6 partner Florida Today said photos show tire marks throughout a football field, trash strewn and mulch scattered about.

According to Capt. Rich Cordeau of the West Melbourne Police Department, the incident was reported to police on Saturday.

“The damage likely occurred Friday evening into Saturday morning, the early morning hours,” Cordeau said.

Cordeau said preliminary estimates of the damage are “upwards of $10,000.”

“That’s including the repair to the water fountain, the man hours to clean up the landscaping as well as to re-sod the athletic turf,” said Cordeau, who added that mulch had to be reapplied and swept off the sidewalk.

Before the incident, Cordeau said, police received a patrol area request because a “much milder case of this occurred previously” involving three-wheelers or four-wheelers on the turf.

Because of the amount of damage done, the case was assigned to a detective and the department is investigating "several leads," according to Cordeau.

Those with information are asked to contact the West Melbourne Police Department at 321-723-9673 or anonymously via Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).