JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro police say someone broke several benches at the library then booked it.
Shortly before 7 a.m. Sunday, Officer Tommy Fitzgerald responded to a vandalism call at the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library, 315 W. Oak.
According to his initial incident report, someone broke the wooden backs off 7 park benches.
The pieces, according to Fitzgerald, were scattered across the library's lawn.
"Pieces of the benches were just scattered all throughout the yard. Since then our children's librarian has picked all the pieces and given them to our janitor and see what can be done," Library Public Relations Manager Brandi Hodges said.
Several people sit and read on these benches but now must find another place to sit.
"As warm as it has been in the past couple of days it is very sad to see you can't sit out here, it is really not safe and we would discourage anyone from sitting out here until we can get them fixed," Hodges said.
One man told Region 8 News he comes to the library benches almost every day and he cannot believe someone would destroy this public property.
The benches were valued at $200.
This is not the first time someone has defaced library property in 2016. In early January, the library digital sign was smashed in.
Hodges said the library got a security guard this year for extra patrol.
"There have been some incidents over the past couple of years like any business and we decided it would be in the best interest of the public and our staff to have a security guard on hand," Hodges said.
The security guard works during library hours and cannot patrol the place all the time.
Fitzgerald requested extra patrol for the area for the next few weeks.
Anyone with information on this act of vandalism is urged to call Crimestoppers at 935-STOP (7867).
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