PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT:
In regards to the recent string of burglaries, we would like to announce that we do believe that we have identified the perpetrator. The New London Police Department is working hand-in-hand with the Henry County Attorney's Office and the Henry County Juvenile Courts to bring justice to the all of the victims. We have not formally filed any charges on the suspect at this time but we feel that we are getting very close to doing so. We are asking the public for their assistance in helping us gather all and any evidence that may pertain to this recent string of burglaries. If you have seen something suspicious, even if you think it is nothing or very petty, please contact us at 319-367-7700. Unfortunately we can not release any details at this time due to no charges being filed yet and the matter still being actively investigated. However, we will let you know that our #1 suspect does not live in New London nor in Henry County. The suspect's parents have been contacted by the Henry County Juvenile Courts and was advised that the juvenile is BANNED from not only New London but the entire Henry county. Again, please contact us ASAP if you have any information that may pertain to the recent string of burglaries to help us bring justice to all of the victims and to get this young juvenile the help that they may need to stop them from doing any such acts in the future.
Also, parents, please be diligent with your children when it comes to public property. There has been some recent vandalism to city property at the town square. We are saddened to say that surveillance cameras are in the very near future for our city park due to the ongoing vandalism that continues to happen at the park. This park is one of the few things that the city has to offer to families and children to be outside having a good time. Destruction of this property is very disrespectful and the city feels that the only way to put a stop to it is to put numerous video surveillance cameras up at the park. I'm sure most of you are like us and do not like the fact that we are being watched while outside in a public place trying to have a good time but we do not have many other options. Also, the benches at the parks continuously get moved and flipped upside down. Kids use them to do skateboard stunts and in exchange the benches often get broken. These benches, unfortunately, will probably soon be secured to the ground with log chains or something similar. It is very sad that the city has to come to these conclusions due to a few select kids. So parents, please speak with your kids about their behavior and actions at the park and please let them know that these types of actions may bring charges to them if they are caught.
Remember, if it looks suspicious, more than likely is suspicious and should be reported promptly.
Lastly, tonight is the street dance at Woobies to raise money for the local volunteer fire department. We hope to see you there having a good time and we would like to wish everyone that attends a fun and safe night. See you all tonight, thanks!