Vandals Hijack Heavy Machinery At Construction Site, Destroy Retaining Wall

Where the vandalism occurred in Sayreville, New Jersey. [Public/Screenshot/Facebook — User: Sayreville Police Department]

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Authorities in New Jersey are trying to find the vandals who used on-site heavy machinery to damage a construction site in Sayreville in January.

The Sayreville Police Department posted on Facebook that someone damaged a new retaining wall near South Minisink and Cheesequake Road between 3:00 to 5:00 a.m. on Jan 6. (RELATED: GoFundMe Campaign Raises Nearly $18,000 In Response To Vandalism Of Jewish Menorah At University In New York)

Police called the damage a “purposeful act,” as the wall had been a point of contention for the community, News 12 New Jersey reported. A three-building, 1.08 million square foot industrial park was being built on the site, reported. A chemical plant used to be located there.

While most of the retaining wall at the site is in place, cinder blocks, a piece of construction equipment, and rubble are on the ground.

Middlesex County Crime Stoppers are offering a $1,000 reward for anybody who can find the person.

Property crime and vandalism occur more frequently in the U.S. compared to violent crime, BankRate reported. While there has been frequent vandalism over the past several years, the U.S. has experienced a decline overall. The Daily Caller has reported several incidents of vandalism that have occurred cross the country, including a firebombed pregnancy center.