July 26, 2013

Vandals will be caught

The Daily Citizen

— It may have seemed like good, harmless fun to the people who did it. But in a very short time, possibly less than a couple of hours, they cost 50 Dalton businesses thousands of dollars.

That’s how much it will cost those businesses to replace all of the windows that were broken early Tuesday morning.

Greg Clark, president of Dalton’s Hamilton Glass, said his firm had replaced windows at 26 of those businesses by Wednesday at an average cost of $500. If that average holds up for all 50, the cost to replace those windows could come to $25,000.

And it’s a cost that those businesses should not have had to bear.

The vandals struck businesses are far south as the South Dixie Highway below the Dalton city limits and as far north as Cleveland Highway near the North Dalton Bypass. They struck on Walnut Avenue from near I-75 to near Walnut Square Mall.

The vandalism was senseless and petty, and if the perpetrators aren’t caught they could well do it again.

We are certain that the Dalton Police Department and the Whitfield County Sheriff’s Office are doing everything they can to solve these crimes, and we hope that anyone with information on the vandalism will come forward to help. Business owners with relevant security footage or anyone else with information about the vandalism is asked to call Dalton Police Detective Greg Bates at (706) 278-9085, ext. 137.

We suggest that the business owners who were affected come together to offer a reward for any information that leads to arrests and convictions in this case. That could help loosen some lips.