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Park rangers show impact of vandalism at The Sinks

11:17 PM, Feb 7, 2013   |    comments
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  • Courtesy: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Courtesy: Great Smoky Mountains National Park
    

Someone spray painted pictures and profanity at The Sinks, and the National Park Service is offering a reward to find out who it was.

Visitors reported the vandalism at the popular roadside waterfall off Little River Road on January 31.  The vandals defaced the walkways, stone walls, and natural rock formations throughout the area.

"This was not a minor act of tagging by someone with a can of spray paint," said Chief Ranger Clay Jordan. "The amount of damage maliciously caused to this beautiful setting is disheartening."

Rangers report that the graffiti includes references to "Wolfgang" and "Lumberjack."

Park employees spent several hours removing the offensive language and images using a variety of techniques to remove the paint without causing further resource damage.

The park is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for this vandalism. If convicted, the vandals could face up to six months behind bars and a $5,000 fine.

Anyone with information as to the possible identity of the vandals is encouraged to call the tip hotline at 865-436-1580.

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