Pulaski County offering reward after finding 19 windows smashed at vacant elementary school

Damages estimated to be around $5,000

PULASKI COUNTY, Va. – Pulaski County officials are looking for answers -- and ready to hand out a cash reward -- after someone broke more than a dozen windows at an empty schoolhouse.

“Some people go riding around with nothing to do and think, ‘Hey, it must be neat to break windows,'" assistant Pulaski County administrator Anthony Akers said. "They went above and beyond on this one.”

Akers said someone destroyed windows at the former Newbern Elementary School the day after Christmas.

“They just didn’t break one or two. They seemed to try to break about every window out,” Akers said.

Pulaski County is now offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest of whoever is responsible for the vandalism.

Damages are estimated to be around $5,000, and county officials say they’ve already spent around $2,700 to secure the building.

“We take vandalism seriously in Pulaski County, but this particular vandalism, there’s no excuse for it,” Akers said. “We certainly don’t want all of our windows broken out. It’s a shame.”

The building is empty, but the county uses it for storage and training exercises, officials say. The property is one of the county’s economic development properties, with a prospective tenant lined up. Akers said the county hopes to renovate the old schoolhouse into housing.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office at 540-980-7800 or send them a Facebook message. You can also call their anonymous tip line at 540-980-7810.

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