Vandals strike Woodstock park

Woodstock police say the W.O. Riley Park was the target of several vandalism incidents by a group of 13 teen-age boys last week.

Police Chief Eric Reiley said different boys, ages 12 to 15, “were responsible in one way or another” for three incidents at the park on May 17, May 23 and May 24.

Reiley said the vandalism involved pulling up an irrigation system, which caused about $500 damage, and the moving of a soccer goal from the park’s playing field to a playground.

Reiley said police and the juvenile probation office are still trying to determine what charges might be filed against the suspects in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

“We’re still trying to determine which juveniles were there on which nights,” Reiley said.

Police identified many of the suspects through interviews over several days.

“The officers did a good job of canvassing the area and talking to folks, and we coordinated with parents and guardians to make sure the juveniles had an opportunity to tell us what happened with their parents present,” Reiley said.

Reiley said on May 24, the night of the last vandalism incident, officers were at the park and saw six boys moving through the park after dark and “confronted them.”

Reiley said the town spent a significant amount of money last year on revitalization of the park.

“It’s something we’re very proud of,” he said.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com