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HTC offers security cameras after vandalism at Savannah's Playground

Image of the vandalism at the Myrtle Beach playground. (Source: Jonathan Dick) Image of the vandalism at the Myrtle Beach playground. (Source: Jonathan Dick)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The Horry Telephone Cooperative is offering the City of Myrtle Beach security cameras for Savannah’s Playground after vandals spray-painted in and around the soon-to-open playground with name of “Pokemon Go” characters.

An HTC representative told the City Council Tuesday that the company will provide cameras to cover the playground and the vicinity, the city stated in a Facebook post.

“HTC appreciates what Savannah’s Playground stands for and what it means to the kids of the community,” said Brent Groome, chief executive for customer operations at HTC.

Myrtle Beach Police responded to the playground just after 3 a.m. Tuesday morning, and met with someone who said they saw the suspects walking around and spray-painting items all over the park. The witness said the suspects were white males, about 17 to 19 years old, wearing dark clothing. The witness said they saw the suspects leave in a silver truck heading towards Farrow Parkway.

While walking around, the responding officer noticed multiple items spray-painted with "profane and obscene gestures." A WMBF News photographer captured images of the spray-painted tags on the sidewalk near the playground, which were names of characters from Pokemon Go, including "Pikachu," and "Swinub." The "Rattata" Pokemon is also misspelled "Rattatat."  A large, red drawing the male anatomy was also spray-painted on the sidewalk.

The report notes that the damaged property included the sidewalk, two electrical boxes, a water fountain, two signs, two trees, playground equipment, and a port-o-john.

The playground is designed for kids with disabilities, but anyone can play on it. It was named after 19-year-old Savannah Thompson. She lives in Myrtle Beach and has Williams Syndrome.

The playground is not open yet, but city officials said last week that they are looking at a "soft opening" for the park at the end of July. 

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