Two Folsom parks and the lawn in front of a Folsom elementary school lie muddy and torn up after vandals drove a car over them sometime either Friday night or Saturday morning, according to Folsom police.
Cohn Park, Briggs Ranch Park and Folsom Hills Elementary School all lie within about a mile-and-a-half of each other, near the Briggs Ranch neighborhood area in Folsom.
"I am surprised that somebody did doughnuts on there because usually somebody's going to call pretty quickly,” said Steven Boren, who lives across the street from Cohn Park, which got the worst of the damage.
He says the only trouble he's used to at the park doesn’t normally leave a mark.
"Usually just kids maybe partying at the park and then they're gone because it won't last long,” said Boren, who added he’s called police before for noise near the park.
Angry parents took to Facebook to complain about the damage, which forced youth soccer games to be pushed back farther down Cohn Park’s fields to avoid the damage.
"I don't think this is the kind of thing an adult does, or a hardened criminal, it's goofing around, screwing around, kids,” said Jaime Derrick, who lives near Folsom Hills Elementary.
"Young people don't realize that there are some serious consequences that come with driving over grass particularly after it’s rained. That grass can get torn up to the point that it takes a lot of time and money to repair,” said Folsom police Sgt. Andrew Bates.
Bates says perpetrators of vandalism like this normally face misdemeanor charges, however if the damage done costs more than $400 to repair, the vandals could face felony charges.
Bates says whoever committed this crime could also be cited for driving on the grass, a violation in itself. He added vandalism in Folsom is rare and cases perpetrated with a vehicle are even more rare.
"We may see some graffiti once in a while, but as far as destruction with a vehicle like we're talking about now, that's not something we see very often,” Bates said.
No one has come forward to file an official police report yet, according to Bates, however often times the city parks department will not report vandalism which occurs on weekends until the following Monday, when it has the resources to assess damages properly