Greenfield Park pavilion targeted by burglars

Structure ransacked for metal
Posted at 7:26 PM, Apr 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-20 10:40:50-04

A Milwaukee County Park has been targeted by vandals and burglars, and park officials said the pavilion was ransacked for metal parts from the toilets inside.

“We’re here a lot and use the bathrooms for what they’re intended for and just kind of shocked to see that,” said Katie Schemenauer.

Parks Operations Manager, Guy Smith, said the damage at Greenfield park was noticed two weeks ago. He said thieves entered the pavilion bathrooms during the middle of the day to steal metal flush valves off five toilets. 

“To hear that somebody vandalized it surprising, shocking and kind of sad,” Schemenauer said. 

The next day, someone smashed a pavilion window. 

“That would be nice to keep the riffraff out of the park,” Schemenauer said. 

Unfortunately, this isn’t a first for the Greenfield Park pavilion. The parks department said four years ago, burglars got away with bathroom drainage pipes and metal faucets.

“Clearly some people have some extra time on their hands and aren’t using it wisely,” said Elizabeth Radtke.

So far, West Allis police said no one is in custody for the crime.

“There clearly needs to be some justice to keep our community safe,” Radke said.

The pavilion will remain locked until the parts are replaced. Smith said they hope to have it open to the public by Memorial Day weekend. For now, Smith said the parks department plans to ask law enforcement to patrol the area.


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