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Kingsland chamber seeks mural vandal

An image from a video shows the person who stole a decorative wakeboard from the Kingsland/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce's mural on July 24. Law enforcement is seeking tips. Courtesy image

The Kingsland/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce installed a camera in front of its lake and landscape mural for one reason.

“We were afraid somebody was going to graffiti the mural,” said Darlene Zubkus, chamber office manager. “We didn’t expect anyone to take the wakeboard.”

But that’s exactly what happened at 5:11 p.m. Saturday, July 24, when a person with his back to the camera took a wakeboard off a stand that was attached to the mural. The wakeboard was part of the mural’s lake life theme. 

The chamber filed a report with the Llano County Sheriff’s Office on July 26.

“We have the guy on video,” Zubkus said. “He was smart enough to know where the camera was, so we couldn’t see his face. He drove up to the back of the building and scooted back. It was a man, not a kid.” 

The individual parked a distance away so video doesn’t show his vehicle. 

“Why anybody does anything like that, I don’t know,” Zubkus said. 

Because she had taken a photo of a couple in front of the mural with the wakeboard a day or two earlier, Zubkus had a starting point for the search of the culprit on tape.

Anyone with any knowledge of the crime should contact either the chamber at 325-388-6211 or the Llano County Sheriff’s Office at 325-247-5765.

Meanwhile, the mural will be back in shape soon. 

“We have someone again who will donate a wakeboard to us,” Zubkus said. “We expect the new wakeboard one day this week. We’re building a welded metal frame to bolt it in place. The wakeboard is at a tilt. That’s the way our frame is being built.”

jfierro@thepicayune.com