VALENCIA ( — Police are offering a $5,000 reward for information that could lead them to the suspects who vandalized a community swimming pool in Valencia.

The vandals dumped seven gallons of various colored paint into the pool and spa near Grandview Drive and Fairview Drive causing between $200,000 and $400,000 in damage.

They also threw chaise lounge chairs into the water.

The paint ruined the plaster, clogged the filters and broke brand new heaters and pumps in the pool and spa.

“It feels like they hit us individually. We’ve been up here 22 years and we love the pool. We take our other grandchildren who are older up there, and they love it because they can do the laps and swim,” resident Dorothy Belli told KCAL9’s Rachel Kim.

The paint was stolen from Charles Helmers Elementary School.

“I’d just like you guys to come forward and fess up and deal with what you guys got to deal with,” resident Vishal Chatle said.

Residents have been using two smaller community pools.

“We probably had 70 to 80 kids in the pool the other day. It was insane. All the parents were just sitting around outside the pool going, ‘Ok, we can watch them.’ It was just too many,” Belli said.

Officials are investigating the crime.


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