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Vandals trash South Hadley community pool

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The first time vandals struck, staff at The South Hadley Swim Club thought it may be an isolated incident. 

"About a month ago around graduation time, there were a couple umbrellas and a table thrown in. We just figured it was a senior prank," said Katie Glenn.

But, that was only the beginning of the destruction.

On Monday July 13th, the damage became more severe. About 20 poolside chairs were found in the water when staff arrived. They were able to clean up the mess and open the pool in time for their members.

But the very next day, it escalated even further.

"Tuesday night, every single piece of equipment on the deck was tossed in the water including light bulbs from guard shack screens from our window. They tossed in 115 chairs!"

The flower pots were tossed into the water, shelves were ripped off the wall of the building, and the grills were tipped over.

It took hours for the staff to clean.

The most difficult part was retrieving the equipment from pool water in the deep end that goes down 9 feet. 

"They threw in 6 umbrella stands. They are cast iron 65 pounds. It took 2 people to take them out of the pool at once, all of the tables, they are hallow when they get in the water. They are heavy."

Signs and other items were stolen. Paint on the pool is chipped and equipment is broken. Glenn says police are aware of what is happening.

"Absolutely. We have filed multiple police reports," she says.

The staff has taken extra measures to make sure it doesn't happen again. They've added a monitoring system, flood lights and increased police presence in the area.

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