Increased reward offered in Traner Pool vandalism

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- UPDATE: Secret Witness is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspect(s) wanted in connection with the vandalism and theft at Traner Swimming Pool.

The Reno Police Department ask for the public's help finding Gonzolo Escobar. They want to talk to him about theft and vandalism at the Traner Pool. RPD photo.

PREVIOUS STORY: As police continue to investigate vandalism at Traner Pool, city officials are calling attention to the damage and its long-term effects on the neighborhood.

"The people that did this... it was something disgusting and something that we should never see in our community,” said Reno City Councilman Oscar Delgado. "It is a huge asset. It is a gathering place for so many neighbors, so many families, so many kids throughout the entire summer."

The pool will remain closed this summer as city officials work to repair the heating and electrical systems damaged by vandals.

Police say sometime in March, Gonzolo Escobar cut copper out of the pool’s boiler and removed several brass plumbing parts.

"What happens in a lot of these cases is they are recycling the metal for money, but I can't say exactly why they did it," said Sgt. John Silver with the Reno Police Department.

Police say the crime probably yielded Escobar about $500, but the estimated cost of the damage is far higher.

"It is a complete destruction of the electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems of this building,” said Frank Avera, Building Manager for the City of Reno’s Public Works Department. "We estimate that the cost is going to be between $200,000 and $300,000 to get it back up in operation."

Police used surveillance video from nearby Traner Middle School to identify a suspect. They are now looking for Escobar, a Hispanic male who is 5’5” and 130 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

"If you saw something around the beginning of March to the middle of March at the Traner pool, we are interested in that information,” said Sgt. Silver.

Meanwhile, Traner Pool will remain closed until the summer of 2018. The repairs will not only be expensive, but they will be very time-intensive.

"To figure all that out... where the conduits go, what wires belong in there, it is very time consuming. It is going to take some time," said Avera.

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