Shattered windows and muddy graffiti were some of the damages to the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house under construction this summer.
“They kicked in the middle and left front doors damaging the glass,” said Chris Rigelman, the building’s project director.
Rigelman described the damages left by the vandals.
“Due to the security features on the door, they were not able to access the lower floor at all,” he said. “They did, however, throw a brick through one of the bottom floor windows. The upstairs doors hadn’t been installed yet, so they used a service ladder to climb up and smash out the seven upstairs windows. They also used drywall mud to write on the back of the house, graffiti-style. In total, we estimate around $10,000 in damages.”
Nothing was reported as missing from the building site.
“They didn’t take the copper wire or anything of value, which leads me to believe this was solely an act of vandalism,” Rigelman said. “Their primary goal was to make a scene and hinder progress. It’s disappointing, especially when the Greek system already gets a sometimes undeserved reputation for causing trouble.”
In cooperation with Crime Stoppers, a $5,000 reward has been posted for information leading to the identification and arrest of the possible suspect(s). Usually, Crime Stoppers only offers a maximum amount of $2,000 per crime. However, 2008 Alumni of the Year Drake Mills is offering $3,000 out of pocket as a supplement to the reward.
“I felt frustrated by the continued hindrances to the project,” said Mills, a Tech Pike alumnus.
“This is the third time this has happened on the same site, and I felt as though it was time for me to take action. I realized I could help out by more than doubling the reward money.”
Not wanting to falsely accuse anyone, both Rigelman and Mills said they feel that the reward is enough to solicit some legitimate information from an eyewitness.
“We are working with the Tech Police and they are reviewing security footage from the cameras outside Wyly Tower,” Rigelman said. “Still, maybe a passerby or a resident of the apartments across the street can provide some information we don’t currently have.”
Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 255-1111.
“With the last house having burned down last year, maybe the vandals thought that they could further hinder the fraternity,” Rigelman said. “Sadly, at the end of the day, the people hurt most are the hardworking men who lay drywall in the heat, and have to come back again to re-do their work. That’s who suffers the most here.”
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