El Dorado County Parks and Trails and the Sheriff’s Office are requesting assistance from the public to ensure that this winter season brings peace instead of pilfering to county parks. Over the 2012 holidays, Henningsen Lotus Park was the victim of a copper theft that cost the county $40,000 to replace. The 600 feet of copper was taken from near the ball field on the park’s river side. Extra security measures have been put into place, but Parks manager Vicki Sanders says “Public awareness and support are the most effective tools.”
The shorter days and longer nights tend to provide more cover for criminal activity. This makes community involvement essential. If you see something suspicious at Henningsen Lotus Park, don’t make contact with the involved parties. Be a good witness, get a good description of the subjects and their vehicle and report the incident to the Sheriff’s Office as soon as possible. The Sheriff’s non-emergency dispatch number is (530) 621-6600.
Henningsen Lotus Park is a 51 acre park located on the South Fork of the American River.