Juveniles charged with vandalism at Alfred Saliba Family Services Center in Dothan | Crime News

Staff reports

Dothan Police solved the case of weekend vandalism at the Alfred Saliba Family Services Center on Monday evening when several suspects returned to re-enter the facility.

Responding officers captured the juvenile suspects after a short foot chase and quickly learned the identities of all suspects in three break and enters over a two-day period. The suspects are all under 16 and will not be identified.

Family Service Center workers arrived Monday to find that every room had been broken into and vandalized to varying degrees, with damage including broken furniture and equipment, defaced walls and stolen property. Damage affected four agencies housed in the building, shutting down those operations indefinitely.

Employees and police were able to watch the shenanigans unfold on video, as the vandals’ activities were chronicled by surveillance, giving law enforcement plenty of clues.

“They were having a real peak,” said site manager Debbie Geiger. “And they left a lot of evidence.”

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Center employees were also delighted to see Lucy, the center’s resident cat, roam the covered passageways of the century-old building on Tuesday morning; the animal had been missing since the discovery of the burglaries.

“We were so relieved,” said an anonymous staff member.

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