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Library, restaurant targeted by vandals

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The double pane windows stopped the crook or crooks from getting inside in library. The double pane windows stopped the crook or crooks from getting inside in library.
Replacing the windows for a fourth time isn't cheap. Replacing the windows for a fourth time isn't cheap.
Louisville Free Public Library Director Craig Buthod Louisville Free Public Library Director Craig Buthod
Less than a mile from the library, Shack in the Back BBQ was hit by vandals. Less than a mile from the library, Shack in the Back BBQ was hit by vandals.
The vandals busted the restaurant's cash register, even though no money was inside. The vandals busted the restaurant's cash register, even though no money was inside.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Fairdale community is experiencing a sudden jump in the amount of vandalism and thefts taking place.

The Fairdale Library location off West Manslick Road has been hit for a third time.

"The library is less than a year old," said Louisville Free Public Library Director Craig Buthod. But the new facility has recently become plagued with a problem.

"Over the last three weeks, we've had three separate occasions where someone broke a window in the library," Buthod said.

White tarp covers the windows, but the vandals never actually made it inside. The double pane windows stopped the crook or crooks from getting inside, but replacing the windows for a fourth time isn't cheap.

"Somewhere between $10,000 and $20,000 for this damage and that's just wasted money," Buthod said. "That money could go to children's librarians or books for people to check out and take home or to pay the light bill, but instead we're having to spend it on repairing vandalism. It's just stupid."

The library isn't the only target. Less than a mile away, greedy pigs hit Shack in the Back BBQ by first busting into the smoke room.

Mike Sivells and his wife have owned the restaurant for seven years and made the discovery Monday morning that someone broke into the smoke room in the back.

"Then they took the fire extinguisher, opened the door, and I've had to replace the door, but they took the fire extinguisher and busted through my window," Sivells explained.

The thieves took off with two TVs, some meat, busted his cash register despite there being no money inside, and even stole from a jar for charity.

"They stole the money from the March of Dimes and Fairdale Christian Ministries," Sivells said.

And until they're caught, he's worried the crook or crooks will return.

"They've taken my keys to everything. I don't know when they're going to take one of my vehicles," Sivells said. He's since changed his locks to the building.

Neither his restaurant nor the library keeps any money inside. A neighboring grocery store was also recently hit.

The situation has prompted Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch to ask for the community's help in finding the person or persons responsible.

"The new Fairdale Library means so much to the people who use it," says Welch. "We need the community's help to monitor the area during evenings and Sundays when the library is closed. If you live close by, ride through and take a look."

"We want to catch whoever is doing this! Your help will be greatly appreciated," Welch said.

Anyone with any information is asked to call or text the anonymous police tip line at 502-574-LMPD (5673).

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