Boys and Girls Club to receive replacement playground after arson

By Joe Bennett

September 10, 2012 Updated Sep 11, 2012 at 10:43 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Peoria has found a playground to replace the one destroyed in an arson Thursday night.

CEO of the club Lesley Matuszak is grateful for the donor, whose children have outgrown the incoming the jungle gym.

The burnt playground had an estimated value of $13,000 to $16,000.

Four young men were reportedly seen fleeing from the fire by two women who called police.

"I think that's the key to stopping crime, going hand in hand with 'Don't Shoot," says Matuszak. "When you see something happening in your neighborhood, take the personal responsibility to pick up the phone and call the authorities."

Matuszak says a symbol resembling a gang sign was also sprayed on a window in the yard that night.

In the meantime, Matuszak is looking for a way to install the new playground at a minimal cost.

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