Community Centers Hit By Vandals, Thieves

Oct 16, 2012

Doña Ana County officials say two county-owned buildings were the targets of a recent string of vandalism and burglaries – one at the Butterfield Community Center in Organ, and several incidents at the Dolores Wright Community Center in Chaparral.

            On Oct. 3, 2012, the Dolores Wright center was vandalized, reportedly for the third time in a month. The next day, several power poles were spray-painted with graffiti and a rooftop power unit was vandalized after suspects reportedly gained access along a gas line attached to an exterior wall of the building.

            A window was also broken on the center on Oct. 11, but nothing was stolen. The damages were estimated at $1,000.

            The following week on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, an unknown person or persons broke into the Butterfield center and stole a refrigerator, computer, a drinking fountain, some small kitchen items and food from the pantry. A preliminary investigation shows the suspects gained entry to the center by breaking the glass on a door. Damage is estimated to be between $4,500 and $5,000.

            Anyone with information on a suspect or suspects in any of these cases is asked to call the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department at (575) 525-8894.