Monday, October 16, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: A hole where a tree once was outside of the Maywood Park District’s headquarters. | Courtesy Dawn Williams-Rone
A string of thefts have been reported by Maywood Park District officials. According to district officials, a large tree that was planted several weeks ago went missing last week. Dawn Williams-Rone, the park district commission president, said she noticed the missing tree on the morning of Oct. 12.
Williams-Rone also said that a few days prior to noticing the missing tree, she noticed that at least five plants and flowers had been dug up and stolen on the School Street side of the park district’s Central Area Headquarters, at the corner of 9th Ave. and Madison St.
The tree that was stolen outside of the Maywood Park District’s headquarters. | Photo courtesy Dawn Williams-Rone
And on Oct. 16, Williams-Rone said that two more bushes had been dug up and taken in the middle of the day the previous Sunday.
“In the large hole that was dug up with a shovel, the person left a hat,” Williams-Rone said. “There is also a dirt trail from the hole onto the concrete that shows the direction that the tree was taken.”
The landscaping had been installed as part of a renovation of the district’s headquarters, which has included the installation of a new basketball court, a tee-ball playing field and a concrete ping-pong tables, among other features. The district has scheduled a ribbon-cutting for the newly renovated grounds for Oct. 21.
Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley confirmed that the park district filed a police report on Oct. 12 at around 11:13 a.m. Police and park district officials were still investigating the stolen foliage on Oct. 16.
On Monday, Williams-Rone said that the park district commission plans to address the thefts at a meeting this week. VFP