Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on May 09, 2013 @ 7:31PM
Created on May 09, 2013 @ 6:09PM
$500 is on the table for anyone who has some good information about who damaged nearly four dozen campers at a campground in Preston County.
"Our owners are our family," Mark Schooley, the General Manager at Big Bear Lake Family Campgrounds said. "When it happens to one of them its just like it happened to one of us."
Schooley has worked at the campground for the better part of 20 years. He said he's never experienced what happened either late Monday night or early Tuesday morning.
"It's cosmetic damage mainly," Schooley said. "One golf cart was stolen and we did recover it off the property. A few others were vandalized."
Schooley said that most of the damage took place in one section of the site where the campers were unoccupied. He said he's heard the concern that some folks who stay at the campground have expressed on Facebook that he's not doing enough to find the people involved.
Schooley told 5 News that since everything happened he's added extra security to the place.
"We do patrol seven days a week in the evenings," Schooley said. "We're just about to get into our busiest season where we add even more patrols, but its a big property."
Detectives were back out at the campground Thursday searching for more clues.
In order to make it extra attractive for someone to come forward with information Schooley is offering a reward of $500.
"We need that last little piece of information," Schooley said. "Someone out there knows something."
While police search for the suspects, Schooley offered a piece of advice for anyone staying at the campground
"Keep your stuff locked up," Schooley advised. "Keep your golf cart chained up. Don't leave any of your valuables where anyone can see them."
Schooley added that they still don't have a total for all the damage. That's why he urged folks to report anything that might be missing so police can check it out.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the gate at the campground at (304) 379-8641 or the Preston County Sheriff's Department, at (304) 329-1611.
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May 09, 2013 at 9:49 PM
How stupid are these people anyway? Cowardly useless criminals tear your stuff up, vandalize the place, steal things and you complain, whine and blame the owner? Gee; sounds like an "inside" customer job to me. Hint: new info there to look into. Maybe the parties were the customers.