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Public asked to help catch those responsible for ongoing vandalism

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Grand Island officials are reaching out to the public to help end a string of vandalism at Nike Base Park that's costing the town thousand of dollars. As YNN's Kaitlyn Lionti, reports the incidents are getting more serious, and becoming dangerous.

GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. -- "We will find out who has done this, eventually."

And officials in the Town of Grand Island hope whoever is responsible for ongoing vandalism at Nike Base Park is arrested soon.

Last month, we showed you damage discovered on New Year's Eve, including extensive graffiti and a burned seat on the town's Golden Age Center Bus.

Since then, Town Supervisor Mary Cooke says there's been three more incidents, on January 19, 20, and during the weekend of January 26.

She says damage ranges from broken windows, lots of spray paint and lots of fires; set inside buildings and again on the Golden Age Center Bus.

"Very dangerous and very dangerous to the people doing it. The fact that nothing has gotten out of control fire-wise has been a blessing because we have not had the damage that we might have and they have not been hurt like they could be," said Cooke.

Cooke says preliminary costs are estimated at $13,000 to $14,000 at this point.

"And we don't even have all of it listed. But we're compiling all of that because that's what's going to be asked for when an arrest is made," said Cooke.

As investigators work to make that happen, the public is encouraged to come forward with any information that could possibly help.

"This case will end up being solved based on what someone thought was an insignificant piece of information, but it will be the thing that was lacking," said Cooke.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information.

Cooke says it's now believed the recent vandalism is related to incidents that started in the summer. And while she can't get into specifics, Cooke says the town is making changes.

"There's a huge interest in getting this solved and not having it happen again."

Anyone with any information can call the Crime Stoppers tip line at (716) 867-6161 or the Erie County Sheriff's Office at (716) 858-2903.

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