Thursday, April 5, 2012
Byhalia museum vandalized
By BARRY BURLESON
Two juveniles were detained last week in Byhalia after much of the historical content of the Church Street Museum and Gallery was found destroyed.
Lt. David Taylor and officer Cody Spoon responded to the call Wednesday evening, March 28, when a worker who tends to the museum discovered the damage. They were later joined in the investigation by Chief Gary Looney and detective Kerry Reid.
The museum was ransacked, Reid said, with china, pottery and pictures shattered – all part of a private collection.
Golf clubs found inside the building were used in doing much of the destruction.
“The heads were off the golf clubs because they hit things so hard,” he said.
Most of the damage was downstairs.
Powder, found in cups inside the museum was spread all over the building.
He said there was also some indication that jewelry may have been taken, but that has not been confirmed.
Entrance was made by breaking out a window in the back of the two-story house. Then other windows were shattered.
“Almost every window on both floors were broken out – totally,” Reid said.
Authorities believe the suspects entered the museum Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons of last week.
About three hours after the damage was discovered Wednesday night, the two juveniles were in custody.
“We used footware impressions from inside the museum (thanks to the powder which was spread by the suspects), plus neighbors had seen the kids in the area,” Reid said. “We were able to track them down and question them with their guardians present.”
The suspects will be processed through Marshall County youth court.
“These were historical items of great sentimental value, and they can’t be replaced,” Reid said.
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