EDGERTON, KS (KCTV) -- Authorities are requesting the public’s help in identifying those responsible for two separate incidents totaling nearly $100,000 in property damage in southern Johnson County.
The first incident occurred on April 11 after signs were stolen from a construction project in Edgerton. Additionally, five dead raccoons were placed on the steps leading into the project trailer on site. There was also damage reported from gunfire.
On May 9, two electronic sign boards were damaged with gunfire at 207th and Waverly in Edgerton, Kansas. A further sign board was damaged at 213th and Kill Creek. Four security cameras were found damaged from gunfire, along with the solar panels that power the security cameras. Several construction signs were found to be damaged along Waverly Road.
Supplemental reward funds from NorthPoint Development and an anonymous donor have been added to the existing Crime Stoppers reward bringing the total up to a possible $27,000 for information leading to arrest.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.
On Tuesday afternoon, Edgerton City Administrator Beth Linn shared the following statement:
"The City of Edgerton is deeply concerned about the shootings and vandalism at this construction site. There are families that live nearby, construction workers on that project site, and others just driving through that area. This type of dangerous and criminal behavior could seriously injure someone. We hope that the reward through Crime Stoppers will mean that the shooter(s) will be caught quickly. If anyone has information, please call Crime Stoppers or the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office."
Deputy Bradley Johnson with the Johnson Co. Sheriff's Office, said police are still looking for the vandals. "When you have this much property damage, this is a new one for me," he said.
A group of people in Edgerton has been pushing back against Northpoint's projects in the area, concerned over the large footprint of the warehouses and the increased semi truck traffic through the area. Several houses near the construction sites have signs that read "No Warehouses" and "Protect Rural JOCO Zoning."
Bradely would not say whether someone connected the protest groups was suspected. "We don't have the ability to say if it's a group of people or just kids being kids," he said.
Regardless of who damaged the equipment, he added, it was dangerous to fire a weapon the way they did. "Stop it now before someone who's not involved gets hurt," he said.