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Reward offered in Clayton vandalism

Posted August 25, 2008

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— Police on Monday offered a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of people who vandalized the site for a new community center.

Investigators said they believe those responsible broke into a construction trailer on the site, at 715 Amelia Church Road, late Saturday afternoon and managed to start up some heavy equipment, including a bulldozer. Using the heavy equipment, they damaged the buildings under construction, a large quantity of building materials and other equipment.

“The damage at the work site is significant, but dollar estimates on the damage aren’t available yet,” Chief Glen Allen said in a statement. “We’re aggressively pursuing this senseless act of vandalism, and we’re asking the community to help us out by providing any information they might have, no matter how insignificant they might believe it to be.”

Town Manager Steve Biggs said the vandalism likely would delay the expected spring opening of the $6 million community center. The contractor hasn't evaluated the damage enough to know how much the project has been set back, he said.

The 30,000-square-foot center will have classrooms, a child-care center and a gymnasium and a lighted outdoor patio suitable for events and receptions. It will also be the new home of the Parks & Recreation Department.

“It’s unimaginable what motivates individuals to do something so senseless,” Biggs said in the statement. “I feel confident we’ll receive information from the community that will lead us to an arrest.”

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Clayton Police Department Detective Andy Jernigan at 919-553-1599 or 919-553-4611.

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  • yaright Aug 26, 2008

    Don't jump the gun it could be a discruntal contractor or supplier not to mantion teens don't know how to start or run heavy equiptment, nor do you need keys to start them like bulldozers motoscrapers backhoes excetera I used to work heavy equiptment and a lot of times the keys were not in the equiptment because the operator took them home and didn't show up the next day or forgot them, we could start anything with out keys

  • beachgal Aug 26, 2008

    This makes me so sick and so sad. Give it time; they'll run their mouths at school and someone will over hear and turn them in. Give them time in jail and make them work the rest of their lives paying for the damages.

  • dookie4life Aug 26, 2008

    bunch of bored teens probably. They should check with the area shcool rumor mills. I bet there whould be a few leads there as to who did it.

  • msudawg Aug 26, 2008

    Hopefully they look at the teens that destroyed several bathrooms at a local park a few months back.

  • living the dream Aug 25, 2008

    Why on earth would anyone do something like this?

  • bigbr0ther Aug 25, 2008

    Thats the one bad thing about having heavy equipment with universal keys. Anyone can get these keys from a cat place, john deere place or any tractor company and go around and crank up the tractors and drive them.