Vandals strike

Published 11:33 am Friday, June 1, 2012

AHOSKIE – An Ahoskie landmark needs a facelift after being intentionally damaged earlier this week.

Ahoskie Police Chief Troy Fitzhugh said damage was inflicted on the back wall and floor of the amphitheater’s stage.

“Basically the person or persons responsible slung paint on the walls and floor,” Fitzhugh said. “It’s a water-based paint, so it can be removed fairly well from the cement floor, but the walls of the amphitheater are stained wood and the only way to properly repair the damaged area is to wash off the paint and re-stain the wood.”

The damage was reported to the Police Department shortly before 10 a.m. on May 30 by a Town of Ahoskie worker who was making their normal rounds of the amphitheater property.

“We’re thinking the damage was done sometimes after midnight on May 30,” Fitzhugh stated. “We’re hoping that a resident of that area may have noticed someone on that property at that hour. If so we need what information they can share in order to bring the person or persons responsible to justice.”

Anyone with information can call either Chief Fitzhugh or APD Detective Sgt. Stephen White at 332-5011.

“This is a community theater; it’s there for members of our community to use for their enjoyment; it’s not there to be vandalized or damaged,” Fitzhugh concluded.

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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