Lynn Haven officials say missing pump at Children’s Memorial Garden not stolen

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Sept. 30, 8 a.m. UPDATE: LYNN HAVEN, Fla. (WMBB) — Lynn Haven officials reached out to News 13 Thursday morning and said there was a miscommunication and the situation was a misunderstanding. Officials told us the water pump was removed by a city employee to be replaced, it was not stolen.

Lynn Haven offered a further explaination on their Facebook page.

“Recently, the Lynn Haven Police Department received a report regarding the alleged theft of a water pump that serviced a fountain in the Children’s Memorial Park at A.L. Kinsaul Park.Since that report, it has been determined the missing pump had been removed by City Staff for repairs and was NOT in fact stolen,” they wrote. “Once repaired, the pump will be re-installed and the fountain will again be operational. City staff has been asked to take measures to ensure security of the pump going forward.We appreciate the care and concern of all who may have been effected by the mistaken belief that the pump had been stolen and would like to encourage everyone to continue to support their local law enforcement agency by reporting any suspicious or criminal activity. As the saying goes, if you see something…say something!”

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LYNN HAVEN, Fla. (WMBB) — Many families who have loved ones represented at the Compassionate Friends of Bay County’s Children’s Memorial Garden in Lynn Haven are upset after they were told thieves disrupted the memorial.

Sandra Harrison, the Compassionate Friends of Bay County Chapter Leader, said she received a phone call Tuesday night that the fountain’s pump was missing from the memorial, and apparently stolen.

“You know, they have to pick this place, of all places, to do it. When we’re trying to keep it such a peaceful place for people who have lost the greatest loss,” she said.

Harrison said the same thing happened in May 2020, and the incidents are disturbing the meaning behind the memorial.

It’s meant to be a place of consolation and a spot for families to feel close to their lost loved ones.

Harrison said she was just at the Children’s Memorial Garden on Saturday and the water was filled to the top.

There is a GoFundMe to replace the pump, but Harrison said money isn’t the issue, it’s what the money is used for.

“We should be using the funds for what this park is for,” she said. “Keeping the upkeep — the pretty –keeping it beautiful and nice for the individuals that have lost a child, a grandchild, or a sibling.”

Lynn Haven Police Chief, Ricky Ramie, said his officers check the garden and park next to it an average of seven times a day.

“There’s not a lot of physical evidence to follow up on, so we’re just asking for the public’s help,” said Ramie. “If you see anyone inside that garden or if you know anyone who might have committed this crime, reach out to us or crime stoppers at 785-TIPS.”

The Compassionate Friends of Bay County said they have been trying to install video surveillance for a while.

They are currently working with city officials to get a wi-fi connection.

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