PATTEN – Some people in the town of Patten are discouraged and frustrated. The town’s recreation department was broken into and they are seeking help from the community.
The department received an unwelcome surprise earlier this week. The building was broken into and between stolen money and the destruction of property. It’s now facing a loss of $4,000.
“This is the window that the person or persons broke into through,” said Town Manager, Raymond Foss, “They broke open the three doors to our meeting rooms, planners rooms and stairway to the office of the third floor unfortunately.”
This is the second time the building was vandalized in a four month time period. For a small town with a tight budget, these losses are tough to handle.
“This building was closed off for part of 2014 and 2015,” said Foss ,”We invested $30,000 of the towns money to bring it back to where it needs to be.”
This building provides community members with place for fun activities and after school programs.
“They had to quickly clean it up after the trooper was here on Monday,” he said, “So it has to be ready for the after school program on Monday, it’s really discouraging.”
Some of the damages include broken doors, a soda machine and a freezer. Police are still investigating the situation. The town is asking anyone who may know something to report it. They are in need of donations and gift cards to replace the broken and stolen property.