Public Safety

Greene Square cameras aid in arrest of juvenile vandals

Greene Square as seen from the roof of the Cedar Rapids Public Library in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, May. 15, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Greene Square as seen from the roof of the Cedar Rapids Public Library in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, May. 15, 2018. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

Cedar Rapids police arrested two juveniles after they reportedly vandalized plastic illumination globes in Greene Square last week.

According to a city news release, eight 22-inch plastic globes — part of a light feature that illuminates the fountain in Greene Square — were found damaged on the morning of Jan. 8. The total damage is reportedly estimated at $1,200.

Security cameras in the park provided video that aided in the identification of the girls. A Cedar Rapids police school resource officers recognized one of the suspects on the video, and an investigation led to the identity of the second suspect.

Both girls have been charged with criminal mischief. The police department and The Gazette generally do not identify juveniles charged with crimes.

Cedar Rapids Police Department Lt. Tony Robinson credits the cameras with the arrest of the suspects.

“We are pleased that the evidence produced by the camera installation quickly led to the arrest of two subjects,” he said. “Without the cameras this arrest would not have been possible.”

Cameras were installed last year following an escalation of incidents requiring police in some downtown Cedar Rapids parks, including a fatal assault in June at Greene Square. The cameras were paid for using revenue from the automated traffic enforcement program, according to the police department.

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