Citizens Fed Up with Forks Park Criminals
Tuesday, April 05, 2011

DATE: April 5, 2011
Incident Location: Illinois River Forks State Park — West Fork Trailhead
Case #: 2011-2812
Case Officer: Deputy Mike Mason

Cave Junction, OR — A group of local citizens says enough is enough. They are collectively pledging their own money to offer a reward for information leading to the identification and arrest of the person(s) responsible for the recent theft and vandalism that occurred at West Fork Trailhead in Illinois River Forks State Park.

Sometime between March 25th and 27th, vandals damaged the trailhead kiosk (top left) and stole two cedar picnic tables and three redwood benches (left).

The group of concerned citizens is led by Sue Williams, project manager for development of the West Fork Trailhead.

Williams says, “More than 120 volunteers (from 12 to 85 years of age) and over 3500 hours have been invested in this recreational trailhead. To have a part of it destroyed by this kind of senseless act is totally unacceptable and every effort will be made to find and prosecute those who did this.”

The seven-foot cedar picnic tables were purchased from Hwy 199 Lumber in Cave Junction with money donated by several volunteers. The four-foot solid wood benches were constructed by volunteers, made of redwood salvaged from the historic Wolf Creek water tower and made available by André Briggs of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department in Rogue River. The steel hardware was purchased with donations from the public.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call (541) 474-5123 and hit “5” for the Sheriff’s Office Records Division. Reference above case number and officer.

In order to merit receipt of reward, the information provided must lead to the identification and arrest of the responsible person(s). This reward is offered privately and, therefore, all coordination and transactions will take place privately, directly between the group offering said reward and the recipient of said reward.

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