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Corps Seeks Assistance in Solving Crime at Burnsville Lake

Published June 18, 2019

BURNSVILLE LAKE, W.Va. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks assistance in identifying the individuals(s) who damaged government property at Burnsville Lake in Burnsville, W.Va.

According to Resource Manager Rick Pingley, a John Deere Bulldozer was vandalized above the Riffle Run Left Fork Day-Use Area when vandals removed filters, belts, the oil cap, a fire extinguisher, and fluids from the dozer. The damage was done sometime before 2:00 p.m. on Monday, June 17, 2019.

Any individual with knowledge or information on this incident is encouraged to call Corps Watch toll-free at 1-866-413-7970.  Callers can remain anonymous.

The Huntington District is a participant in Corps Watch, a neighborhood crime-watch deterrence program to protect U.S. Army Corps of Engineers assets. Each year, millions of dollars in property are lost due to vandalism, larceny, arson and environmental and cultural degradation. This program is designed to heighten public awareness of the seriousness of the impacts of crime within or around dams, lakes, navigation locks, recreation areas and other Corps facilities.

To help fight these crimes and reduce operations and maintenance costs, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has received Congressional authority to offer this program to request information leading to the arrest and prosecution of individuals causing damage to Corps property.

Individuals who witness or suspect that a crime has been committed against Corps property are encouraged to use the toll-free number, 1-866-413-7970, to report information of theft, vandalism or any other threats or suspicious activity against Corps property 24-hours a day. Callers can remain anonymous.

Corps Watch

Release no. 19-008