Corps Seeks Assistance in Solving Crime at Burnsville Lake
BURNSVILLE LAKE, W.Va. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is asking for assistance in identifying the individuals who damaged and stole government property last night at Burnsville Lake in Burnsville, W.Va.
According to Resource Manager Rick Pingley, the metal pipe access gate below the old Mount Hope Church leading to the Weston-Gauley Bridge Turnpike Trail between Orlando and Walkersville was cut and stolen. The crime, which resulted in over $2,500 in losses and damages, occurred on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. There is a strong possibility that the gate was stolen to be sold as scrap.
Any individual with knowledge or information of this incident is encouraged to call Corps Watch toll-free at 1-866-413-7970. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible to receive a cash reward of $100 to $1,000.
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 Corps of Engineers has received Congressional authority to offer cash rewards for 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.
Release no. PA12-37