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December 13, 2013

Salvation Army hit by vandals

Vandals spray-painted anarchist circle-As and knocked out windows at the Salvation Army’s thrift store on Thornton Avenue in Dalton Thursday night.

“We know it happened around 10:30 because they set off our alarm,” said business administrator Pat Thompson. “They got the whole front of the thrift store and the thrift store truck.”

Thompson said officials don’t have estimates yet on how much it will cost to fix the damage.

“We cleaned up most of the spray-paint ourselves, but we will have to have one side of the building pressure washed where there is still a big anarchy symbol. And those big glass plates are probably a thousand dollars each,” she said.

Thompson said that among the slogans painted on the store were “We will break every (bad word) law that divides us for we are one.”

Thompson said there had been no threats before Thursday night. None of the Salvation Army’s other buildings were damaged.

Dalton Police Department spokesman Bruce Frazier said the department’s crime scene unit was there Friday collecting evidence.

“Right now, we haven’t established any leads,” he said.

Those with information on the vandalism are asked to call Detective Matthew Locke at (706) 278-9085, ext. 320.


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