Town hall vandal caught on camera

RINGLING, Okla. (KXII0-- A man was caught on camera vandalizing the Ringing town hall over the weekend.

"There's a way to voice your opinion if you're upset with the way I run my department, or if you're mad at the city. There's other ways to do it," Ringling police chief Josh Steury said. "You don't have to go around vandalizing, costing the town money."

Surveillance video captured early Saturday shows a suspect in a black truck pulling up to town hall and looking around, before throwing a brick into the building.

Steury got there a few hours after it happened and immediately checked the surveillance video.

"When I first saw it, I thought it would be a kid," Steury said. "Its hard to believe a grown adult would do something like this, and yes, we take it as a personal attack on the city and the police department."

And he's not the only one.

"There's no respect no more, people have no respect." Ringling resident Roy Apala said.

Others are angry about the cost of the damage.

"If they was out paying bills, stuff like that, they wouldn't be doing it, because it costs everyone else the money to fix it." Resident Matt Stewart said.

The glass door was fixed Monday afternoon. at $300.

"That could go a long way in town. We put on a lot of special events, like the Trunk-or-Treat, where the city buys candy for the kids," Steury said. "We do lots of parades, and the city will buy candy for the police department, the fire department, for all of them to throw out. And it just takes away from that."

Steury says they do have a suspect that they hope to arrest in the next few days.



 
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