Driver rips up high school fields, causes thousands in damage
APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) -
Appleton Police are looking for a driver who is wreaking havoc on local sports fields and parks.
Just days before the start of soccer season, the driver tore up the field at Fox Valley Lutheran High School.
It's the third time the school has been victim of this type of vandalism.
"We've been hit a number of times, and this is the worst damage that we've had," says Principal Steve Granberg.
Appleton North High School has also been targeted. Local parks have reported similar damage.
Fox Valley Lutheran High School estimates the most recent damage will cost tens of thousands of dollars to repair.
Four fields were damaged on the morning of March 27. This includes the football and soccer fields.
"It may have to be as drastic as tearing everything away, and re-grading and resurfacing, almost like putting in a new field," Granberg said.
It's not clear if the soccer field will be ready for the start of the season.
"Our maintenance staff will do the best they can to get the fields ready, but practices have actually already begun, and the season begins very soon," Granberg said.
Surveillance footage shows the suspect vehicle is a dark-colored Jeep.
Granberg said the school may have to ramp up security to prevent this kind of vandalism from happening again.
"It's just really frustrating. We try to have an open and inviting campus," Granberg said. "We really don't want to have to fence off every square inch of our campus, and make it feel like kind of a prison setting."
If you know anything about the damage, call your local police department.