Vandals destroy Kiwanis Camp | Crime
SALISBURY - A camp that once was a happy place for children taking part in summer camp programs, has been practically destroyed by vandals, according to the Rowan Sheriff's Office.
A report from 4/15 states that a deputy responded to a call at the camp, formerly known as the "health camp," just off Bringle Ferry Road, about vandalism. The Salisbury Kiwanis Club is in the process of trying to sell the camp and property to the American Legion.
The deputy's report states that "every light fixture, ceiling fan, wall outlet, switch cover, and alarm component had been smashed an broken." In addition, "every screen had been cut, every window shattered, every door kicked in, and every drawer and cabinet door pulled apart and broken." The report further notes that "every shelf on the walls had been torn down and sheetrock walls and lattice walls were destroyed. In addition, fire extinguishers were discharged and canister thrown into the pond. An old upright piano was opened and all the hammers broken. Kitchen faucets were bent and broken, and toilet seats were broken. Televisions and radios were smashed.
More surprising, according to the report, someone even got on the roof and beat the kitchen fan before breaking a hole in the roof."
Damage was estimated in excess of $75,000.
The Salisbury Kiwanis Club purchased the property in 1960 and it was used primarily for summer day camps programs, club meetings, and other functions.
Anyone with information on the vandalism is encouraged to contact Salisbury-Rowan Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.