Penn Hills police are searching for vandals who caused $30,000 to $40,000 in damages to new artificial turf being installed to the Penn Hills High School football field and to the Fralic Center athletic facility.
Police said the damage was done between Saturday night and Sunday morning by vandals who broke into the facility and were able to start district maintenance golf carts. The carts were then driven around the indoor facility and outside over the turf, which was laid but not fully secured yet, said business manager Richard Liberto.
Seams in the turf were ripped and damage was done to the surface under the turf, he said.
The district is in the process of installing turf at the high school field at a cost of $696,719. The district received a $200,000 grant for the project from the NFL, Mr. Liberto said.
He said the district's insurance carrier is working to cover the costs of the repairs and to make sure the work is complete and the field ready for use for Penn Hills' first home football game on Sept. 7.
The school district issued a statement Wednesday stating it will seek to prosecute whoever committed the vandalism to the "fullest extent of the law."education - neigh_east