Burglars Cause $2K in Damage to Pool Facility Days After Opening

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Police in Amarillo, Texas, are investigating after burglars caused about $2,000 in damage at a city pool facility just days after it opened to the public. 

"Sadly, just 72 hours since opening to the public, our new facility was broken into, ransacked and vandalized last night," pool officials wrote in a post to social media. 

Items that were damaged or stolen included concession computer systems, food items and branded park merchandise like tote bags and cups. Pictures released by the pool showed disarray in the concessions area, disturbed sod, a chair tossed in the pool and what appeared to be an empty cash drawer. 

Thompson Park Pool opened in the city Saturday featuring a zero-edge entry leisure pool with sun-shelf deck, dozens of deck-side spray features, a lazy river with a vortex pool, two run-out slides, two pool-side basketball hoops and additiional play features, KFDA-TV reported

Parks officials are reviewing the onsite camera system to check for footage or information that could help Amarillo police.

One burglar left behind a pair of white-and-blue sneakers, which the pool offered to return:

"Also, to the individual that left their shoes onsite during the 'event', we have those available to pick up at our concession stand. They were the AirForce 1's with the blue laces. We would love to get those to their rightful owner."


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