YMCA seeks help identifying vandals

Published 8:38 pm Friday, March 11, 2016

An organization existing to support the community now needs to community’s help in itentifying a few recent vandals.

Around 11 p.m. Friday, March 4 the W.K. Purks Center was vandalized. Security footage shows three individuals throwing bricks and rolling a large tractor tire at the glass front doors of the center.

“We assume they’re teenagers,” YMCA executive director Phillip Doiron said.

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The security footage shows that the individuals did not enter the building and nothing was stolen.

“They did not seem to have any intent on entering the building. They were just looking to destroy something,” Doiron said.

The three suspects’ faces are covered, but he hopes the culprits’ clothing will help in discovering the identities.

“We put it on Facebook to see if people would give some information,” Doiron said.

The clothing worn by those seen on camera is described on the Vicksburg YMCA Facebook page, “One person wears a purple Minnesota Vikings hat, black North Face jacket and blue and black tennis shoes. The other person was wearing a green and white striped short sleeved shirt, work boots and a red hat with a white bill.”

This is not the first time the Purks Center has suffered vandalism.

Three months ago both of the front doors and the back doors were shattered. These two incidents combined will cost the organization $2,000 in repairs, he said.

“We repaired it then and we are in the process of repairing it now,” Doiron said.

Vicksburg police Capt. Sandra Williams said the damage for this most recent vandalism incident was estimated to be $600, which at this time would classify the crime as a misdemeanor.

A citizen, who wishes to remain anonymous, saw the post on Facebook and has offered a $500 reward for information that leads to an arrest.

“We’ve gotten several good leads,” Doiron said. “I’m about to go to the police department to give them an update.”

Anyone with information on the crime can call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511 or Doiron at 601-638-1071.