A display of lawn mowers from a East Berlin business was vandalized at the Dillsburg Farmer’s Fair Friday.
The owners of Thoman’s Small Engine Repair say they placed several mowers ranging from $2,400 to $8500 dollars, as well as a $20,000 utility vehicle, on display at the Dillsburg Farmers Fair.
According to the shop owners, 7 of their lawn mowers were vandalized sometime between 1 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.
The owners say grass was shoved into fuel tanks and oil fill tubes, and air filters were missing or damaged. They also say springs, pins and plow mounts were missing.
“Anything they could turn open twist, unhook…whatever had been done,” said Jaci Thoman, who co-owns the business with her husband.
Estimated damage is said to be in the thousands, and will require hours of labor.
Thoman says the equipment was there for kids to sit on and families to take photos.
“Every piece of equipment I had was heavily damaged,” said Thoman. “We have to tear apart all of the engines and tear the grass out of everything.”
Anyone with information should contact police.
The Thomans, the fair and community members have combined resources to offer a $1,600 reward for anyone with information that helps police find who vandalized the equipment.