Metro-East News

Fairview Heights police nab suspected pavilion vandals

Fariview Heights police arrested four people in connection with vandalism at Moody Park over the weekend.

Authorities responded to Moody Park on Saturday to investigate a complaint about possible underage drinking and disorderly behavior. Four suspects, including one minor, were sitting in a new pavilion with open bottles of alcohol and graffiti drawn on the tables and aluminum poles of the structure, police said.

The pavilion was part of the new Creative Playground section of Moody Park, located at 525 South Ruby Lane in Fairview Heights.

According to a press release, the subjects initially denied having anything to do with the graffiti, but police said images on the tables and poles closely resembled visible markings on the suspects. Police said the suspects also “signed and dated their artwork.”

Officers said they found one suspect was in possession of “a cannabis grinder and pipe” and another suspect in possession of metal knuckles. Three adults and one juvenile were taken into custody.

The state’s attorney’s office issued warrants over the weekend charging three adults.

Nico T. Bell, 20, with criminal defacement of property over $300 and underage drinking. Bell’s bail amount was set at $10,000.

Trevor A. Clover, 21, was charged with criminal defacement of property over $300 and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. Clover’s bail amount was also set at $10,000.

Brittany N. Tinsley, 24, was charged with criminal defacement of property over $300 and unlawful use of a weapon.

The juvenile was released pending a warrant application through the juvenile court system, authorities said.

The pavilion cost about $31,800 to build, according to the press release. The city’s parks and recreation department estimated that the damages were $10,700.