LACONIA — The new home of the Boys and Girls Club of the Lakes Region was vandalized over the weekend, forcing the facility to be closed for at least a week. Police Chief Chris Adams, president of the club, said staff arrived yesterday morning to find "significant damage throughout the building."
According to police much of the damage was caused by water from a sink that was left running. Foodstuffs were also strewn about the inside of the club. Otherwise Adams declined to disclose the specific nature of the damage in order not to compromise the investigation of the incident.
The chief said that it is unknown how many people broke into the building — the former St. James Episcopal Church at 876 North Main St. — or precisely when the vandalism took place. However, he said that patrol officers and detectives gathered evidence at the scene and are pursuing several leads.
Adams said, "Cleaning services and contractors have been contacted and we're hopeful that the club will be up and running in a week." Meanwhile, Cheryl Avery, executive director of the club, said that the building will be closed until further notice and both the pre-school program and Hands Across the Table, the free evening meal offered at the club on Tuesdays, will be suspended until the damage is overcome. But, she stressed that the after-school program will operate at Laconia Middle School throughout this week, beginning today, Tuesday, Dec. 10.