Ontario’s shuttered aquatic center the target of overnight break-in

ONTARIO — Authorities are on the lookout for someone who broke into the Aquatic Center on Wednesday night, causing minor damage to the closed facility.

Ontario Recreation District Director Andrew Maeda said he doesn’t believe anything of major value was taken or broken, as the long-vacant building doesn’t have too many items of value that can be taken overnight.

Maeda said the burglar broke the main office window and destroyed an old computer monitor along with other smaller items. There were also papers and other smaller materials scattered over the facility, including inside the pool.

“It’s just upsetting that there are people who are breaking in and making messes,” Maeda said. “But [the damage] isn’t anything crazy.”

Maeda said the City of Ontario does have cameras around the aquatic center’s property, so they are hoping that will lead to the discovery of who broke into the facility.

“The police did an awesome job,” Maeda said. “It’s just annoying that we have to deal with that.”

As the Ontario Recreation District is actively working to reopen the pool in the future, Maeda said it might be a good idea to install an alarm system in the building to help prevent future break-ins.

Further information about the break-in was not yet available from the Ontario Police Department.

Nik Streng is the sports reporter for the Argus Observer. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 2015 with a master's degree in journalism, after graduating from Pacific University in 2013 with a degree in creative writing.

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