Fountains stolen from Wichita Falls parks

Wichita Falls_They provide a refreshing drink during a hot day, but apparently five brass fountains found in Wichita Falls parks are also a popular target for thieves.

In the last three weeks five fountains have been taken apart, including removing their brass bowls, fixtures, and stems.  The total cost of the damage is about $1500 a piece, according to the Wichita Falls Police Department.

"We have thefts of metals from construction sites and we keep an eye on that, but as far as fountains along the park this is kind of new," said Officer Harold McClure with the Wichita Falls Police Department.

McClure said at this time they have no suspects and no hard leads, which is making this case difficult to solve.  He said police are asking for the public to keep an eye out when going to the park.

Parkgoers on Thursday said they hadn't heard about the thefts but weren't surprised.

"Unfortunately no," said George Springer III, who was at the park with his son.  "It disheartens me, but it doesn't surprise me."

"I'm just surprised that someone would do that," said his son, George Springer IV.  "It makes me mad that someone would do that."

The brass stolen from the fountains would weigh about 40 pounds, which means each fountain could yield the thief anywhere between $32 and $75 according to local scrap yards.

The missing fountains aren't all though.  The Wichita Falls Parks and Rec Department said someone has also stolen bronze plaques from parks and copper piping from an RV park near the MPEC.

If you have any information about the missing fountains, or these other thefts, you can call the Wichita Falls Police Crimestoppers at 940-322-9888.