Vandals damage aquarium in south Wichita

11/22/2011 5:00 AM

11/22/2011 2:25 PM

Someone vandalized the aquarium at the city water department building at Pawnee and Broadway over the weekend, and police want the public’s help in finding them.

The aquarium next to the Wichita Water Center was struck by at least one landscaping rock, Lt. Doug Nolte said.

“Fortunately, it did not cause the glass to fail, so the aquarium was still able to sustain the fish that were in it,” he said.

The tank holds fish that are native to Kansas. The vandalism at 101 E. Pawnee occurred sometime between 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Monday, Nolte said. Several landscaping rocks were uprooted and thrown at the building and aquarium. Trash cans were also damaged in the incident.

The aquarium is situated in such a way that people from the park next door can come by and see it, Nolte said, so it’s possible the suspects were in the park prior to the incident. The vandal caused more than $5,000 in damage, and the aquarium will be closed to the public until repairs are completed.

Anyone who saw suspicious activity near the aquarium should call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111, he said.

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