Trespassing on Wildwood property, particularly in the city's parks, appears to have been an increasing problem this month, based on reports from St. Louis County Police Department—Wildwood (6th) Precinct.
Wildwood Police Capt. Kenneth Williams said a pattern arose when residents tried to use or hide in the parks after dark. Closing times for Wildwood's parks typically is a half-hour after sunset. Authorities said the parks have on-site warning signs.
Police said after some destruction of property recently occurred, patrols around the city's park ramped up.
- On Aug. 4, two people were caught trespassing in Anniversary Park.
- Also on Aug. 4, two people were issued summons for trespassing at 1 a.m. in the swimming pool at Pierside and Waterside in Lake Chesterfield subdivision.
- On Aug. 9, two teens were issued summons for trespassing at the Old Pond School Park.
- Also on Aug. 9, three 17-year-olds were caught trespassing on Rock Hollow Trail Corridor, commonly known as Zombie Road
- On Aug. 12, three adults were issued summons for trespassing in Anniversary Park.
As reported in Eureka-Wildwood Patch on Nov. 8, 2010, a new after-hours policy was established to dissuade people from going on Rock Hollow Trail after dark. The consequence for being caught trespassing on Zombie Road can be a fine of up to $1,000 or a year in jail if a person is found guilty of violating Wildwood's municipal ordinance, said Williams.
In addition to these incidences of trespassing, a wood carving worth $500 was stolen from The Porch, located at 16957 Manchester Road sometime between 5 p.m. on Aug. 6 and 8 a.m. Aug. 7.
On a different crime note, a 15-year-old unlicensed male snuck out of his mother's home on Valley Road in Wildwood on Aug. 9, taking her vehicle. He then wrecked and totaled the car.