May 21, 2024 12:53 pm
Sumter police are investigating more than $100,000 in damages to sports complex

The Sumter Police Department is actively seeking to identify the individual(s) responsible for vandalizing a sports complex, causing more than $100,000 in damages. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for any information that leads to an arrest in this case.

The damage occurred after the complex closed at 8 p.m. on Sunday and was discovered the following morning at Patriot Park. Graffiti made with black paint from the park’s storage area was found among the affected equipment, electronics, heating and air conditioning units, computers, camera/security systems, concession stand supplies and restrooms.

Officials at Sumter County Government expressed disappointment in the destruction of facilities at Patriot Park, which hosts numerous sporting events and draws around 350,000 people annually. They vowed to repair and clean up the damage and expressed support for law enforcement’s efforts to find those responsible for the vandalism.

Anyone with information on this incident is urged to contact the Sumter Police Department at 803-436-2700 or submit tips through Crime Stoppers via their website at or using the P3tips app. For more news and updates subscribe to WIS’s email newsletter or download their apps. Feedback is also welcomed to help improve their services. Copyright 2024 WIS All rights reserved

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