Vandals Turn North Stafford Home into Swimming Pool
– August 22, 2013 8:30 am
NORTH STAFFORD, Va. – A townhome in North Stafford was severely damaged over by vandals, and investigators said it appears it was done intentionally.
The home sits on Powhatan Court in the Stafford Meadows subdivision near Kate Waller Barrett Elementary School.
Stafford Deputy Jenna Wojciechowski was called Monday morning to find the damage. Drywall was preventing the front door from opening, but once inside she found water everywhere, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.
Someone went to the third level of the 3-story house, stopped up the bathtub drain and then turned on the water. As the water ran, it spilled over the sides of the tub and continued to seep into the floors, into the walls which showed bubbles in the paint where the water seeped inside, and eventually caused ceilings on all floors of the house to collapse, said Kennedy. By the time deputies arrived there was water pooling everywhere.
What’s worse, someone splattered paint all over the third-floor bedrooms.
“This was obviously done with malicious intent,” said Kennedy.
No one was injured during the vandalism, which appears to have happened sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning.
A neighbor told investigators he heard a home alarm that was continuously ringing starting at 8:30 a.m. Monday. A landlord was called to find the damage, and then it was reported to the sheriff’s office.