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Vandals tear through Socastee soccer fields

Socastee Recreation Center will soon install security cameras to deter criminal activity. | Source: Brennan Somers Socastee Recreation Center will soon install security cameras to deter criminal activity. | Source: Brennan Somers
Damages cost nearly $7,000. | Source: Brennan Somers Damages cost nearly $7,000. | Source: Brennan Somers
Vandals destroyed a soccer field by ripping and tearing the grass with tires. | Source: Brennan Somers Vandals destroyed a soccer field by ripping and tearing the grass with tires. | Source: Brennan Somers

SOCASTEE, SC (WMBF) – No arrests have been made and an investigation is underway to find out who vandalized the Socastee Recreation Park, sometime Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. There are dozens of tire tracks and ruts left were someone did donuts all over two soccer fields.

The county's Department of Parks and Recreation said the vandals caused nearly $7,000 in damage. Repairs are already being made by members of the Coast Futbal Alliance which calls those fields home.

"I've already cut the field four times and I've gotten them pretty low so that will kind of give us an idea of how deep the tracks are whoever made them into the soil," added Director of Coaching Joel Banta. "Then we can assess how much sand we have to put on the ruts in the fields."

The Department of Parks and Recreation said the thousands spent in repairs could have gone toward buying new playground equipment, adding disc golf, or other upgrades.

The park does not have surveillance cameras, according to the Department of Parks and Recreation. However, plans are in the works to find funding to purchase cameras for use in the future.

Crews hope to have the fields ready for play in September.

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