The Sweet Springs Police Department is seeking information that leads to an arrest after an assailant or assailants opened a number of the city’s fire hydrants and caused thousands of dollars in damages. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott talk with Sweet Springs Chief of Police Richard Downing:

Richard Downing

“We are still doing investigations on the fire hydrants. At this time, we don’t have any substantial leads,” said Downing. “We have had a lot of people call and say they would be happy to collect $1,000 but they haven’t heard anything from anybody. So right now, everything is pretty closed-lipped.”

Downing stated that someone opened multiple fire hydrants early in the morning on Sunday, June 23, but would not disclose the exact number of hydrants vandalized.

“There was $5,000 worth of damage, including the overtime required to pay the street workers to replace parts of the street and to get the water tower filled back up,” added Downing. “We had approximately 360,000 gallons of water that we lost.”

If anyone has information that could lead to an arrest in the case, they are encouraged to call the Sweet Springs Police Department. The number to reach the department is 1-660-335-6823.