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Pyro-inclined suspect vandalizes portable toilet


Sandy Police have stepped up walking patrols of park

Meinig Memorial Park once again has experienced a bad case of vandalism.

At about 6:20 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, an unknown suspect set fire to a portable toilet in the parking lot of Meinig Park.

Sandy Fire responded to put out the fire. The fire burned part of a wall and the roof of the structure.

A Sandy Police officer photographed the scene and looked for evidence.

City parks employee Joe Preston reported that the structure would cost about $1,000 to fix, explaining that in the past two portable toilets in the park burned down and it cost $1,600 to replace them.

Sandy Fire reported it did not see any evidence indicating what had started the fire.

Police Chief Kim Yamashita told the city the department has stepped up its walking patrols of the park and several people have been banned.