BRIGHTON, Colo. (CBS4) – Police in Brighton are hoping someone will recognize the people caught on a surveillance camera who are believed to suspects in a major vandalism case.
The vandalism took place on June 17 at the new Brighton Oasis Water Park, and video released this week shows three people who police believe are among the group of vandals.
The vandals struck in the early morning hours on the day the ribbon cutting and grand opening for the park was supposed to take place. The group of possibly six people hopped the fence and then threw furniture into the pool and poured an unknown liquid into the water.
Watch Tom Mustin’s report in the video clip below:
The liquid led to the pool being filled with suds. After extensive cleaning the ribbon cutting ceremony still took place, but officials had to make the tough decision to delay the opening of the pool. There were certainly some disappointed people as a result.
“My heart went out to the little kids. They were looking out through the fence saying ‘Oh, we’re so excited. We get to swim today!’ and then didn’t get to,” said Samantha Barnes, a lifeguard at the pool.
The surveillance images were taken at a nearby Walmart just before the crime took place.They show a yound woman entering the store with a man with red hair and a beard. They are joined by another man in a white T-shirt. The three are then seen leavint the store with what looks like liquid detergent. They then drove away in a Ford Explorer.
“If this was a prank I think it was poorly planned out,” said John Bradley, a spokesman for Brighton police. “The people (responsible) didn’t think about the potential consequences of living in a modern world where these things have to be taken quite seriously.”
There is a reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.
The pool at the new park is now open. It is located on Bromley Lane.