Vandals strike Spokane Valley Elks lodge, cause thousands in damage
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. — The Elks Lodge 228 in the Spokane Valley was vandalized on Sunday night. Police responded with K9 units, but were unable to find the culprits.
A total of 12 windows, each $5,000 to replace, were shattered after someone threw rocks at them. At first glance, it looks as if a hurricane ripped through the building. Members believe the total damage will exceed $60,000.
“What touches our heart is that they took our American flag and they threw it down the hill,” said Elks member Evette Wilie. “We have elk antlers that we use in our meetings and they threw them down the hill and severely damaged them.”
The Spokane Elks lodge has been part of the community for 125 years and has given $10 million to local charities.
“It’s really heartbreaking because when they damage a building like this, they’re taking away from the children of our community,” Wilie said.
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is now investigating. Members said fingerprints were found on a fire extinguisher, used to cover the entire basement in a layer of dust.
Lodge chairman Timon Behan believes a group of teenage boys, spotted on the property weeks ago, are to blame.
“We had to call the police on them and maybe it’s retaliation – I don’t know,” Behan said.
The lodge hopes that someone will come forward.
“If you turn yourself in, we may be lenient. If not, we will prosecute to the full extent of the law,” Wilie said.
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Check at (509)-456-2233
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