Recent vandalism at the bandshell in Lewis Park has resulted in the apprehension of two juvenile females, according to Wheatland Police Chief Randy Chesser.
A news release issued Jan. 29 by the town of Wheatland reports the vandals, both of whom are under the age of 13, spray painted various symbols on the walls of the bandshell and started a small fire on the concrete. It is estimated that more than $550 in damages was caused, not including what it cost for town employees to make repairs. Chesser said charges are pending, and if found guilty the juveniles could face up to $750 in fines and/or six months in jail.
Town Clerk Candy Wright said the bandshell was built and donated to the town more than 15 years ago by Molly Brecht Lipscomb in memory of her parents, John and Mary Brecht, and her late husband, John.
“The bandshell is a place where members of the community gather to enjoy free concerts, weddings and much more,” Wright said. “When it is vandalized it hurts not only the family who donated it, but every single person in the community.”