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Vacant Stafford townhouse badly vandalized

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BY KEITH EPPS / THE FREE LANCE–STAR

Stafford County authorities are investigating an act of “mindless vandalism” that ruined a townhouse in North Stafford.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bill Kennedy said the incident occurred between Sunday morning and Monday afternoon on Powhatan Court in the Stafford Meadows subdivision. Someone broke into the vacant home and poured paint in various places and stopped up a bathroom drain so that the running water would overflow.

The damage was discovered after a neighbor notified a property manager that an alarm had been sounding constantly. The manager unlocked the front door and had to force his way in because drywall from the ceiling was blocking the door.

Deputy Jenna Wojciechowski responded to investigate the damage.

Kennedy said two ceilings in the three-level townhouse had collapsed and there was water throughout the structure. He said the walls were “bubbled” in multiple locations, indicating that water had been running behind the drywall. Police estimated the damage at at least $20,000.

Kennedy said nothing was missing from the home. “There was severe, intentional damage through all three levels,” Kennedy said. “It was just mindless vandalism.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 540/658-4400 or Crime Solvers at 540/659-2020.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com

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