Vandals cause $250K in damage to old Reams Road Elementary

Vandals cause $250K in damage to old Reams Road Elementary

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) - Old Reams Road Elementary School was vandalized sometime between Sept. 19 and Sept. 23.

Chesterfield police said an unidentified vandal or group of vandals caused roughly $250,000 worth of damage to the vacant school building.

Among the damage were broken windows, ceiling tiles, toilets, sinks and water fountains.

Andre Thompson, who lives across the street from the school, said he saw police cruisers parked at the school both Monday night and Tuesday morning.

He says he didn’t notice any sort of suspicious activity during the window when police believe the vandalism to have occurred.

“Nothing unusual, no disturbances or anything. The bus stops right in front of my house. The kids will come in the morning, get off, get dropped off in the evening. That’s about all the noise we hear," Thompson said. “Outside, around 5 o’clock is just traffic going up and down the street.”

A woman who also lives close to the school thought the police presence may have just been a training exercise.

“I thought that they were maybe practicing for a lockdown. They were parked in the circle in the front and they were all inside, I didn’t see anyone outside," Pamela McCarthy said.

Her granddaughter used to attend Reams Road Elementary before it closed down.

“No sense in someone doing that, destroying someone else’s property. It’s just not the right thing to do," she said of the vandalism.

The building had already been marked for demolition prior to the vandalism, but police say that the school system had intended to remove some items from the building before the demolition.

Police urge anyone with information to contact the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660 or through the P3 app.

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