A Huntington Realtor is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to an arrest after a free library was vandalized at Depot Park.
Eliot Lonardo said that his wife and daughter went Sunday to donate books to the library at the park. Instead, they found books strewn in the grass and the library shelves damaged, apparently by fire.
“We can not tolerate this sort of behavior!!! I’m also calling on our elected officials to install cameras!,” Lonardo said.
“This act of total disrespect is disgraceful, to think that someone would destroy something that was intended to be thoughtful!!” Lonardo wrote on Facebook. “Shame on whoever did this, you should be embarrassed by your actions!”
Supervisor Chad Lupinacci said the town had cleaned up the debris, and added, “”It is disheartening to see how someone could have such disregard for our beautiful public spaces but it is heartwarming to see so many people unite in support of community, including Mr. Lonardo’s offer of a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest. We encourage anyone with information to contact the Suffolk County Police Department 2nd Precinct.”
A number of the little libraries, usually consisting of shelves set up in a small structure, exist in other parks around town. Mostly recently, one was opened in Heckscher Park. Residents are welcome to donate or take books for free.
Suffolk Legislator Tom Donnelly, D-Huntington Station, said he would ask for more police patrols in the park.