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Vandals wreak havoc at shuttered Buckhorn Elementary building

SoVaNow.com / July 09, 2014
Vandals hit Buckhorn Elementary School sometime between the last two weeks of June and the first week of July, according to a report filed by Mecklenburg County Sheriff Sgt. B. Evans.

Sometime between June 18 and July 4, a person or persons removed two heating, ventilating, and air conditioning units from the outside of the building at 500 Lake Gordon Road, and two other HVAC units were stripped down — possibly for parts. Evans estimated the combined value of the four units at $8,000. The last time the HVACs were seen was on June 18 when a maintenance worker was at the school cutting the grass. When the groundskeeper returned on July 4, he said that the units were gone.

On July 7, two visitors to the Health and Rehab center at 5539 Highway 47 in Chase City reportedly had their respective cars broken into and money was reported stolen.

Deputy T. Baisey was initially called to facility because a female victim had claimed that money had been removed from her purse, which she had left in her car. The victim said she heard her car alarm going off as she left the Health and Rehab Center building. When she got to her car, she told Baisey, her purse had been moved inside the vehicle and money was missing.

While Baisey was investigating the first incident, a second victim approached him, and reported that a wallet containing checks and credit cards was also stolen from his car, which was parked at the Health and Rehab Center building.

Through Baisey’s investigation, a description of the alleged suspect was developed. The suspect was described as a white male, approximately 5’6” and weighing 170 pounds. The man has dark hair and a light beard. At the time of the thefts, the suspect was wearing a red tee shirt with blue writing, tan cargo pants, and white tennis shoes.

Deputy C.Baird is investigating the theft of a vehicle from 35 Easy Street near Bracey. The victim said that the last time that the vehicle was seen was on July 5, when the car was parked due to mechanical problems. It is a white 1996 Plymouth Van with Virginia Tag WXZ4446 and valued at approximately $300 dollars.

Baird reported that a witness claimed a “black roll back loaded up the van” on July 5.

These cases remain under investigation. Anyone with information about these, or any crime, is asked to call the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s office at (434) 738-6171 or 1-888-624-2207 toll-free or The Mecklenburg Crimesolvers at 877-676-8477. You could receive up to $1,000 in reward money. You will not have to give your name or appear in court to receive this reward.

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