Crothersville Police followed a trail of candy wrappers and plastic containers from the Countryside Park to the east side of town to make an arrest Wednesday in the theft of items from the park concession stand.
Crothersville Police Chief Norman Ford said there may be at least four people involved.
Jonathan L. Muncy, 18, of Crothersville, was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with burglary (Class C felony), theft and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Muncy was booked into Jackson County Jail on a $10,000 bond.
The incident was reported around 10 a.m by a town employee who was mowing the yard at the park, Ford said.
The vandals apparently pried open a window to the stand to gain access.
But what helped officers is that the vandals left behind a trail of candy wrappers, bubble gum wrappers and plastic bottles.
“We tracked them from the west side of town to the east side of town,” Ford said. “They dumped a big part in a trash can at the playground at the park.”
This is not the first time the concession stand has been vandalized. The door to the stand has been replaced several times, and in March, a new metal door was installed. It was not damaged in this instance.
At the May 8 town council meeting, the town approved S-Tech Machine & Welding of Crothersville to install window security frames on the stand’s windows to prevent break-ins.
Officials at S-Tech said the frames had not been installed yet, but the frames could potentially prevent future break-ins.