SEYMOUR, Conn. (WTNH) -- Several area pools have been vandalized, leaving many in this community very concerned.
There is a sign in the back of Don Nowell's Seymour home that reads, "Welcome to Paradise." Welcome to paradise, lost, as his pool of one of many that have recently been vandalized.
"You're just like, 'Why? Why do you do this? What is to gain from something like this?'" We open our house up to everybody," said Nowell. "You want to come in, come in. I don't get it, you want to come swimming, come on. Please come swimming."
Don discovered his destroyed oasis Monday morning. The lining of his pool had been cut, water gone, pool toys slashed and the life-giving hose to and from the pump, sliced.
"The pump blew out, comes out with force, washed out, no more clay. We have steel exposed. All of this now is damaged," said Nowell, "The walls are falling in."
Don kept this pool meticulously clean. So much so, he just bought a $300 pool cleaner. A pool cleaner that he can't even use.
Seymour police say Don is the third, maybe fourth pool owner to be hit near the Ansonia line, causing thousands of dollars in damage. Another suburban escape just a few blocks away was hit over the weekend.
"Basically then, you're starting over, it's like buying a new pool." We built the deck on top of it. I assume you have to disassemble the deck so they can get at parts of the rails, take the rais off. It wasn't built to be taken apart," explained Nowell.
The backyard holiday that took so long to save up and build will, eventually, return. For now, however, paradise isn't so welcoming, it's just depressing.
"It's just disturbing, you work hard, you try to do good, people get joy out of creating this kind of havoc, I don't understand it," voiced Nowell.
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