Not only that, he destroyed some of them for his art.
If the thing could be taken apart with no holes, rips or screws sticking out and they perform their function, I must just say “get outta here”.
But he chopped some of those barrels up for this. Are they owned by the state? Taxpayer money?
They were owned by the construction company, so since it was private property it should be up to the owners of the vandalized property to seek damages, not the police IMHO.