Sumter Police Investigate Over $100,000 in Damages to Sports Complex

Vandalism Strikes Popular Sumter County Sports Complex: A $100,000 Damage and Search for Criminals

Officials at Sumter County Government expressed disappointment at the vandalism, as Patriot Park is a popular venue that draws around 350,000 people annually for soccer, softball, and baseball games and tournaments. Despite the damage, they are committed to repairing and cleaning up the area and moving forward. They support the efforts of law enforcement in bringing the responsible parties to justice.

The Sumter Police Department is currently investigating a case of vandalism at a sports complex that resulted in damages over $100,000. The vandalism took place after closing hours at 8 p.m. on Sunday and was discovered the following morning at the Patriot Park sports complex. A passerby noticed a possible break-in at the facility and alerted authorities. The vandalism included graffiti made with black paint taken from the park’s storage area. Equipment and electronics such as heating and air conditioning units, computers, camera/security systems, concession stands, and restrooms were damaged.

Officials are seeking any information that can help identify the person(s) responsible for the crime, and a reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest. If anyone witnessed any suspicious activity in the vicinity of the sports complex between Sunday evening and Monday morning, they are urged to contact the Sumter Police Department immediately at 803-436-2700. Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers through their website at or using the P3tips app.


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