BELLINGHAM - Vandals stole at least $1,000 in city property, smashed several windows and left a rack of empty Rainier beer cans in the sink at Fairhaven Park pavilion early Thursday, Aug. 30.
Power drills, chargers, batteries, a set of ratchet sockets and a box of tools were stolen from the office of Gina Giovanniello, the park's manager, after someone pried open her office door overnight.
The office, a part of the pavilion building, was locked at 10 p.m. Wednesday. When Bellingham Parks & Recreation employee Bill Eickhoff dropped by at 7 a.m., he saw the door wide open and smelled trouble. He saw the windows along the pavilion had been smashed.
More than a dozen cans of beer were in the pavilion sink. Police dusted the cans for fingerprints.
"At least they were kind enough to put the beer in the sink," Giovanniello joked.
Nobody had been arrested for the burglary as of Thursday evening.
The park was a small hotbed for crime Thursday morning: When police showed up they found some trees along the street had their branches snapped off, and in the parking lot near the pavilion was a stolen green car.
Police were able to reunite the car with its owners. The auto theft didn't appear to be connected to the crimes against the park.