Two charged in Saguaro Park vandalism case

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Two charged in Saguaro Park vandalism case

By Cory Marshall. CREATED May 26, 2013 - UPDATED: May 29, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Two men were charged in connection with the vandalism at Saguaro National Park.

Officials with the park tell KGUN9 that Beau Campbell and Colton Salazar were charged with violations of Title 36 of the Code of Federal Regulations in response to the vandalism at the park on May 23.

Both men have to appear in Federal court and the park is also asking they pay the cost of restoring the damaged resources.

According to park rangers, the two hacked a handful of cacti in half, including a single saguaro.

Officials released several photos Monday of the two men who did come forward and cooperated with the investigation.

The hacking happened about 1/2 mile up the Douglas Springs Trail at Saguaro National Park East.

Saguaro National Park spokeswoman, Andy Fisher tells 9OYS it is doubtful the cacti will survive because they were also knocked over.

It is the same spot vandals spray-painted several saguaros a few weeks back.

"Stay out of the park. To come in and deface the park, there are cacti that have been here long before this was a state and there's no point in it," Rex Baucher, who bikes the park regularly, told 9OYS.

"The saguaro cactus, which is our trademark [and] our landmark. When you destroy a saguaro cactus you are in effect destroying everyone is Tucson. So, it's reprehensible to say the least," another avid biker added.

Tucson City Council Member Steve Kozachik is also chiming in.

"These guys make me madder than hell. What you do with these guys is you catch them and then you throw the full force of the law at them. You make an example out of them so maybe you stop it for the next guys," Kozachik said.