CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) – A group of children caused thousands of dollars in damage after bursting into a community swimming pool in Chesterfield last week.
Four boys were caught on CCTV breaking into the swimming pool at Ashton Woods on Knoll Road, Sunset, Chesterfield on Friday September 2.
In the security footage, a boy can be seen sliding over a fence and then waving at the camera. Others broke in and climbed below. Surveillance footage from around 5:51 p.m. shows two boys walking towards one of the security cameras.
Carrie Rossi is the pool lifeguard at Ashton Woods. According to Rossi, they lost nearly $6,000 after their fence, pool equipment and security cameras were damaged by the four boys.
“It’s disturbing, it’s disturbing, it’s heartbreaking,” Rossi said.
On Saturday morning, a day after the boys broke in, Rossi noticed the cameras were off. She said she immediately went to the pool and saw the damage.
“They threw all of our little supports and were able to pull the door out and go down,” Rossi said.
Three cameras were filmed and messed up, according to pool staff. The boys were caught throwing objects such as shoes and pool nets in an attempt to knock down some cameras. They even left clothes outside the door.
Rossi told 8news the boys jumped into the trash can and then into the swimming pool. The children were also caught trying to push an aid station into the pool before jumping in as well.
“Our residents pay a lot of money to live in this neighborhood and then let the kids in, it’s just reckless…irresponsible, it’s painful,” Rossi said. “It’s worrying because we’ve tried so hard this year to straighten out this pool.”
“You have kids in life jackets jumping into diving pits,” Rossi said. “It’s a scary situation because it’s a 10ft diving well.”
A group of children have caused thousands of dollars in damage after breaking into Ashton Woods swimming pool in Chesterfield last week. Credit: 8News
The Ashton Woods Pool just closed on September 5th to end the summer. Neighbors can use it when the pool is open, as well as community members who pay a membership fee.
Staff called the loss a “regression”. But they believe the community will find those responsible.
If you can identify the child in the security footage, please contact Chesterfield Police at 804-748-1251.