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Vandals wreak havoc at MacCallum More Gardens

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A bird bath in the MMMG joy garden was knocked over, causing the top to separate from the base and cracking the water basin.
SoVaNow.com / December 27, 2017
Vandals at MacCallum More Museum and Gardens in Chase City are causing headaches and heartaches for the volunteers who maintain the gardens — and board member Sylvia Hall and MMMG director Liz Lowrance are asking for the public’s help in stopping the destruction.

Sometime between Saturday afternoon, Dec. 23 and Tuesday morning, Dec. 26, vandals knocked over and broke statues, Christmas displays and several path lights at the historic gardens, causing more than $1,500 in damage by Lowrance’s estimation.

Vandalism is a Class 6 felony under Virginia law. If damages caused to the property exceed $1,000, the crime is punishable with a fine of up to $2,500 and up to five years in prison. The offender may also be ordered to pay restitution.

It is the second time in two months someone has come on the property and damaged statuary and lighting. “We just finished paying to fix the path lights that were destroyed in October,” said Lowrance.

The most recent destruction was discovered by Mike McMahan when he stopped by to check on the garden Tuesday morning. McMahan volunteers his time performing maintenance at MacCallum More.

Walking through the garden Tuesday, longtime board member Diana Ramsey sighed and said, “This just breaks our hearts.” Hall, who serves as treasurer for the MMMG board, said the museum does not have unlimited funds to spend on these types of repairs.

This most recent incident as well as the one that took place in October were reported to the Chase City Police, and are being actively investigated. Town Police, along with those involved with the gardens, are asking the people for help. “When people see something, they need to call the police,” Lowrance said.

Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call the Chase City Police Department at (434) 372-5112. Tips can be made anonymously.

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maybe if we actually had somebody in the police dept at that number in the article to answer the phone after 4pm would be helpful cause u know they are doing this after dark. another thing is maybe the gardens should install security cameras.

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You can call the police 24/7 it is called 911. They have video of three young black thugs from the cameras at the gardens.

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yeah i have seen the picture and chase city police have already posted to facebook that they have the suspects in custody.

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This makes me sick. I pray they are found and after being made to clean up gardens under strict supervision, Throw them under the jail. Hateful.


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