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Orange County Courthouse vandalized

Posted February 26, 2009

— Vandals broke into the Orange County Courthouse early Thursday and damaged several offices, authorities said.

Authorities received a report of a suspicious man outside the courthouse at 1:10 a.m. but Hillsborough police checked the building and found nothing, said Capt. Charles Blackwood of the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Courthouse workers found several offices vandalized when they showed up for work Thursday morning, Blackwood said. Desk drawers were pulled out, and papers were thrown about the offices, he said. The only item reported missing was a pack of cigarettes from a clerk's desk, he said.

The vandals got into the courthouse through a window at the front of the building. They were able to pull the storm screen off and force the window loose, Blackwood said.

Investigators plan to review video from courthouse security cameras to develop leads in the case, he said.


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  • time4real Feb 26, 2009

    if the cameras didn't catch them it shouldn't be a problem to sample that urine on the desks and run their DNA! if you guys were smart enough to think of that before Janitor Bob cleaned it up!!

  • Butterbean Feb 26, 2009

    How did Hillsborough PD miss not seeing the front window busted out?
    Just me dude

    The same way they missed the ATM machine being up-rooted and dumped into the bed of a stolen Ford Ranger from the NAPA store last year. They're too busy eating donuts and having coffee.

  • iron fist Feb 26, 2009

    That is the same as breaking into jail when the person is caught they will go straight to jail

  • texasncgirl Feb 26, 2009

    Wait a minute...are you telling me that a COURT HOUSE doesn't have a security system?? Thankfully, as Oncoming Storm said, that can't happen to Wake County..

  • Raleigh Boys Feb 26, 2009

    How did Hillsborough PD miss not seeing the front window busted out?

  • OncomingStorm Feb 26, 2009

    Thankfully that can't happen at the Wake County Courthouse in that same manner: the super-thick windows don't open.