Over the past several months, Cape Hatteras National Seashore (Seashore) law enforcement rangers have discovered six separate acts of vandalism at the restrooms next to the Ocracoke Island Discovery Center. The Seashore now seeks tips from the public to help catch those responsible for the vandalism.
Dating back to August 25, 2021, vandals have damaged handrails, toilets and door locks; ripped soap and toilet paper dispensers off walls; removed trash bags, soap, and toilet paper; thrown trash around the restrooms; and kicked in a restroom door and broke its frame. In addition to these acts of vandalism, drug paraphernalia have been found inside of the restrooms.
“We appreciate the support of the Hyde County Sheriff’s Department and North Carolina Department of Transportation during the Seashore’s investigation of these crimes,” stated David Hallac, superintendent, National Parks of Eastern North Carolina. “While some of the acts of vandalism may seem minor, they cumulatively have led to a significant burden on maintenance staff and provide negative experiences for visitors to Ocracoke Island.”
Anyone with information that may help determine the individuals, circumstances and events that led to these acts of vandalism are asked to contact the National Park Service’s Investigative Services Branch (ISB). Call or text the ISB Tip Line at 888-653-0009 or submit a tip at www.nps.gov/isb.