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UPDATE: Vandals hit Boys and Girls Club of Dalton

WHITFIELD COUNTY, GA. (WRCB) -- Just weeks before its after school program kicks off for the year, the Boys and Girls Club in Dalton is vandalized.

Vandals broke doors and tables, set fire to blinds and left a mess for a group of north Georgia teens.

But that's not all they left behind.

Robbie Slocumb arrived to the Boys and Girls club Monday, to learn vandals paid a visit over the weekend.

"Broken doors, screened in porch areas, holes in walls," Slocumb says. "The table outside is smashed. The ceiling fan is pulled down."

They burned blinds, used a hammer to break doors and discharged a fire extinguisher inside a bus.

"It's a little sickening and frustrating because you work so hard," Slocumb says. "Especially in economic times like this, we work so hard just to make operational dollars."

Slocumb says the vandals caused $3,000 to $5,000 in damage.

"That's $3,000 to $5,000 we are spending on a building, instead of straight to the kids," he says.

Kids like Raylin Macon helped make over the teen center a few years back.

She calls it her favorite place.

"They shouldn't have done it, because a lot of people love hanging out here," Raylin says. "And the high schoolers have to be upstairs with the middle schoolers now."

On the bright side, the vandals spared two televisions.

Slocumb doesn't believe anything is missing, but the vandals did leave something behind.

"We got fingerprints from the top (of the fan) where somebody jumped on it, pulled it, maybe scared them a bit," Slocumb says.

Dalton police hope those prints will lead to an arrest.

"Breaking and entering and burglary charges, just from breaking in and obviously vandalism charges," Police Spokesman Bruce Frazier says. "We are very interested in catching these people."

The Boys and Girls Club is offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Slocumb says three years ago bikes were stolen from the club, and he asked the judge to sentence the thieves to community service at the club.

He hopes to reach the vandals in this case the same way.

If you have any information in the case, call Detective Brandon Carter, 706-278-9085, ext. 183.

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