Updated: 03/10/2014 7:02 PM
Created: 03/10/2014 4:59 PM WHEC.com
A playground left in ruins. Police say thieves stole equipment for a children’s center in Newark. Daycare officials didn’t notice the items were missing until the snow melted. Now it is going to cost thousands of dollars to replace it.
There are just plastic accessories left at the Candy Apple Children’s Center in Newark. All the metal parts needed to connect the playground are gone.
The director of the childcare center says it was just noticed about a week and a half ago that some of the parts were missing. It had been covered under a mountain of snow. Police think someone stole the metal and sold it at a scrap yard.
The children’s center says it could cost $25,000 to replace what would have been three separate play yards. The playground equipment had been in storage until last fall. The children's center was planning to have it installed as soon as spring arrived for the 60 children who come here. The director thinks it was calculated. She says the playground equipment was very large and heavy.
Carleen Uimonen, director, said, “I've been with Candy Apple for almost 38 years and the thought of coming into our own building and being able to set up our own playground and everything being just for us, now it's all gone. It's overwhelming and very sad. I just can't believe it's gone.”
Chief David Christler, Newark Police Dept. said, “I think sometimes people that do this think that they can steal the equipment and it's not going to impact anybody because the insurance company will reimburse the victim and that's not always the case.”
Christler says his department has not made an arrest in this case, but he says there are some leads. There are surveillance cameras at a company next door that might be helpful.