Reward fund to help track down vandals
A group of Tonganoxie businesses, led by First State Bank and Trust, has established a reward fund to help combat vandalism.
"It's prevalent and far too common," said Bill Grant of First State Bank.
Grant announced at last Friday's Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce meeting that the bank would provide $1,000 for the reward fund. The Mirror has contributed $200 to the effort, and Mutual Savings Association has agreed to give another $500.
"We hope some of the other businesses will find it worthwhile to follow suit," Grant said.
Establishment of the fund follows last Wednesday night's vandalism at two local businesses and a break-in at the Tonganoxie swimming pool.
In the walkway just east of Richard Smith's downtown accounting firm, four trees were pulled up and tossed into the bed of a nearby pickup, according to Tonganoxie police Sgt. John Putthoff. Bushes also were damaged. Smith's wife, Nancy, replanted the trees, but said she's not sure they'll survive.
At Meadows Construction, five globe lights along Front Street were smashed, and fire extinguishers and a cell phone were taken from a truck, Putthoff said.
And about $45 was taken from the concession stand at the swimming pool.
Putthoff said police had no suspects in the cases.
Anyone with information about these incidents or earlier incidents this summer during which graffiti was spray-painted on downtown businesses is asked to call police, 845-2311.