Vandalism not only outrages but costs communities, sometimes thousands. Here are 7 recent incidents.

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Vandals cause up to $1K in damages to Patterson Park baseball field

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Vandals struck again, this time ruining a youth baseball field right before opening day.

The damage literally came out of left when someone drove a car through the outfield gate and tore up the wet field at Patterson Park in Dayton.

The ballpark near Irving Avenue is used by a number of local teams and leagues, including Oakwood Junior High baseball and softball, University of Dayton baseball club and other youth teams, said Jim Murphy, Patterson Park Youth Baseball president.

While vandalism often draws perpetrators misdemeanor charges — if they’re caught — the property damage done can come at a big cost to small organizations with limited funds.

It will take between $500 and $1,000 to make the field ready for play, Murphy said.

Recently, vandals in the region have hit private individuals, non-profits and in some cases public property, putting donors and taxpayers on the hook for repair bills.

Here are six other recent local vandalism cases:  

Lamar King
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Lamar King

HAMILTON: Lamar King, 21, of Hamilton was arrested Tuesday for allegedly spray painting his name, birthday and other graffiti on the side of the Hamilton Masonic Lodge. An officer witnessed the vandalism, according to police. King was charged with a felony count of vandalism and a misdemeanor charge of possession of criminal tools. Thomas Durr, chairman of the Masonic Lodge, said the cost to fix the damage is "somewhere in the area of $10,000 or more."

Yellow Springs police are searching for suspects after more than 30 stop signs were recently vandalized. The graffiti started to appear on signs last year, and has increased in the past few weeks, according to officials. STAFF
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Yellow Springs police are searching for suspects after more than 30 stop signs were recently vandalized. The graffiti started to appear on signs last year, and has increased in the past few weeks, according to officials. STAFF

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YELLOW SPRINGS: Village police continue looking for suspects behind 38 vandalized stop signs. The suspects began spray painting STOP Trump and RZR on the traffic signs last year, and police have seen an uptick during the past few weeks. Because the paint damaged the reflective quality of the signs, officials say they will need to be replaced at a cost of $3,100.

SPRINGBORO/CLEARCREEK TWP.: Three Clearcreek Twp. residents were charged with causing $10,000 worth of BB gun damage to vehicles, homes and businesses. In all, 31 victims in the Springboro-Clearcreek Twp. area were allegedly vandalized from August to November 2016 by two teens and an adult indicted in February in Warren County.

GREENVILLE: Several tack boxes in the swine barn at the Great Darke County Fair were broken into last August, and vandals hit the same barn and a concession stand door beneath the grandstand. Police eventually recovered items stolen from the fairgrounds and took juveniles into custody.

Vandals smashed the windshield of a delivery truck used by Family Service of Middletown. Executive Director Maurice Maxwell says the damage will impact the food pantry until the glass is replaced.
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Vandals smashed the windshield of a delivery truck used by Family Service of Middletown. Executive Director Maurice Maxwell says the damage will impact the food pantry until the glass is replaced.

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MIDDLETOWN: Suspects created a "terrible hardship" to a Middletown food pantry just before last Thanksgiving by smashing the windshield of its delivery truck. Since Family Service of Middletown moved to a new location in March 2016, vandals have broken into the building and shed twice, stealing food and tools, and smashed out windows in the van twice before. Maurice Maxwell, the non-profit's executive director, said one side window cost $150 to repair. It's the type of cost the non-profit has to pay with each act of vandalism, because of the $500 deductible insurance policy.

HUBER HEIGHTS/DAYTON: Police in Huber Heights stepped up patrols last May after someone or a group damaged a restroom facility at Thomas Cloud Park and spray painted a building at the nearby Warrior Soccer Complex in Dayton. The privately funded Warrior Soccer Club organized a cleaning crew to remove the graffiti from the storage garage.