1 suspect caught in Bakersfield Blaze vandalism

Posted at 10:49 AM, Feb 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-10 17:08:33-05

Bakersfield Police officials said on Wednesday that they have arrested one person in connection to the vandalism that occurred at Sam Lynn Ballpark over the weekend.

Bakersfield Blaze officials announced on Wednesday morning that they were able to catch to two of the three vandals. The comment was later deleted after  BPD asked them not to post any updates until the situation is fully resolved.


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However, BPD official Gary Carruesco said that one juvenile suspect was arrested in connection to the vandalism. It is unclear if that suspect was one of the individuals seen on the security footage. 


Bakersfield Blaze facility vandalized, suspects caught on surveillence video

The organization took to Twitter Tuesday morning posting pictures from surveillance video with the caption, “Meanwhile, in less fun news we got broken into over the weekend.

Sam Lynn Ballpark vandalized

(2/10 -- 10:45am) Update from The Bakersfield Blaze: "Good news! Two of the three vandals have been apprehended ...THANKS TO ALL OF YOU! The power of community on social media has never been so evident!More updates to come, hopefully!"I am trying to confirm with BPD...The Bakersfield Blaze is asking for the community's help finding these young men who vandalized the Sam Lynn BallPark over the weekend. Anyone with information is asked to call BPD at 327-7111. Blaze officials say they're thankful nothing was badly damaged and no one was hurt, but wants these individuals to be reprimanded in some form. "I hope they have to own up to it." said Chris Henstra with the Bakersfield Blaze

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Help us find these jerks.” The tweet was retweeted 24 times within two hours of posting. On Facebook, a similar post gained traction with more than 650 shares in an hours.

The Bakersfield Police Department said it appeared the organization took all the right steps to protect the facility from being vandalized, but it still happened.

“They do have them on surveillance so we’re in the process of trying to identify these suspects and hopefully make an arrest,” said Sgt. Gary Carruesco. Chris Henstra, 

Director of food and beverage operations for the Bakersfield Blaze, said the three young men in the video didn't steal anything, but did do some minor damage to the property.

"In the overall scheme of things, very minor things, but just the annoyance and just the -- don’t do the wrong things people. You it’s just, it’s just frustrating you know?" said Henstra.

Henstra said he was impressed that the Bakersfield community was so supportive in spreading the pictures and video.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Bakersfield PD at 661-327-7111.