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Park staff boosting patrols after thefts at Quarry Beach

Published: Saturday, June 30, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, June 30, 2012 7:16 a.m. CDT

BATAVIA – Batavia Park District staff members will increase their presence and are reminding people to lock up their valuables after a rash of thefts at Harold Hall Quarry Beach.

Several thefts occurred Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the park district facility at 400 S. Water St. The facility has been busy the last few days during the recent heat wave, said Kari Miller, the park district’s marketing and public relations manager.

“We’ve been at capacity [1,500 people a day] during these really hot days,” Miller said. “A high volume of people are coming in and out.”

Several thefts at Quarry Beach this week were reported to Batavia police. Some of the items were locked up. Others were not.

In one case, an iPhone valued at $250 was taken Tuesday. Other thefts were reported that day, including an iPhone valued at $100, a BMX-style bicycle valued at $250 that was left unlocked near the entrance of Quarry Beach and $40 in cash taken from personal belongings.

In another case, $94 in cash was reported taken Wednesday from an unlocked locker, and a debit card, Verizon Android phone, driver’s license and an unknown amount of cash were reported taken from a secured locker Thursday.

Miller said the park district has been working with the Batavia Police Department on solutions to reduce the number of thefts. Staff members will be increasing their presence at Quarry Beach, Miller said.

“We also encourage people to lock up their valuables,” she said.

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