Police Release Surveillance Video After Vandals Destroy East Bay Dam, Spilling 50 Million Gallons of Water

Police in the East Bay have released surveillance video and are now offering a $10,000 reward after a rubber dam was vandalized last month, spilling nearly 50 million gallons of drinking water.

The dam on the Alameda Creek was vandalized on May 21. The water lost was enough to supply 500 homes for a whole year, an Alameda County Water District official said.

Investigators said they hope surveillance video of the crime, as well as a $10,000 reward, will lead to information that will help identify the suspects.

"Three suspects entered a restricted area of Alameda Creek in the Niles area and intentionally damaged an inflatable dam – an essential facility used in ACWD’s operations to recharge the Niles Cone Groundwater Basin, one of the district’s main water supplies,” police said in a news release.

Police said the three suspects responsible for vandalizing the dam can be seen in the grainy video.

The dam was inside a secured area where no trespassing signs are posted. But nearby residents said vandals had recently targeted the area.

"Fiber cables, AT&T U-verse being cut twice in the last eight to nine months," one Fremont resident said last month. "The second one was just six weeks ago."

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Fremont Police Department.

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