By Ross Guidotti

MURRYSVILLE (KDKA) – Police in Murrysville say there hasn’t been a place touched by young people doing their own version of off-roading.

The problem is not some backwoods trail – it’s local parks, fields and peoples’ backyards.

“It’s about 180,” said Al Ostraski.

That’s roughly the acreage Ostraski and his crew keep squared away every day at Murrysville’s community park recently. But workload has been increased thanks to “the turfers.”

Kids in cars or truck driving on fields and public areas are, in some cases, doing damage.

“Especially during the nights or weekends,” Ostraski said. “They do what they want when the gates close. They come in and turf.

Ostraski and his crew do a great job of repairing the damage. It’s hardly noticeable after a few days.

But it’s not just the public parks. Police say yards and business property are now targeted – about 100 so fat this year. Ostraski has been on patrol and managed to catch a turfer.

“Yeah I caught one,” he said. “… they’re pretty apologetic when you catch them. The one’s you don’t catch, they don’t’ care. They keep going.”

Police in Murrysville say even if you’re a victim or see it and say it’s no big deal, call them.

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