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Vandals hit McDonald Center for third time in recent weeks

Photos showing recent vandalism to the Mac. The photo on the right was taken on April 15, the...
Photos showing recent vandalism to the Mac. The photo on the right was taken on April 15, the one on the left was taken May 19. Courtesy Reid McDonald. (KTUU)
Published: May. 20, 2018 at 6:49 PM AKDT
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A community sports center in Eagle River has been struck by vandals three times in about as many weeks, causing an estimated $3,500 in damage.

Reid McDonald, general manager of the Henry J. McDonald Memorial Center, says the culprit or culprits have used rocks to smash three of the facility’s windows. The most recent break-in was discovered at around 8 o’clock Saturday morning.

McDonald says the vandals did not enter the building this time round, but the last time a window was broken he found a clock mounted on the wall had been destroyed and orange juice had been spilled on the floor. But while no valuable has been stolen so far, McDonald says he’s not the only one fed up by the senseless destruction of property.

“Believe me, the customers and regular users are up in arms right now,” McDonald told Channel 2 on Sunday. “This is a sports facility, it’s a local beloved place that’s a positive influence on the kids in our community and to have it treated like this is definitely a hard one to swallow.”

McDonald says the problem has been escalating over the last five years. He’s also had trouble with people trying to siphon fuel and break into the plow truck parked behind the center.

The facility does have some cameras back there, but none out front where the most recent vandalism happened. McDonald is hoping the municipality will install some additional cameras near the front entrance in the near future.