Vandalism

Metro Creative Connection

A children’s furniture manufacturer in Keene is cleaning up after the company was broken into over Memorial Day weekend.

Early-shift employees at Whitney Brothers, a company on Railroad Street that produces wood furniture for early childhood environments, arrived around 5:30 Tuesday morning to find the inside of the building had been vandalized, President Michael Jablonski said.

Graffiti was spray-painted on walls and computer screens, and fire extinguishers had been set off, according to Keene police Lt. Steven Tenney. Whoever vandalized the company also smashed the glass on a vending machine and opened employee lockers, pulling out their belongings, Tenney said.

It appears nothing was taken, he said.

Police believe whoever vandalized the company entered through a window that is kept locked. Tenney said the window was found propped open and with a broken pane Tuesday.

The company has already begun cleanup, Jablonski said, and though he’s not sure of the exact cost of the damage, he said it is “in the thousands.”

“Luckily we’re hands-on people running a factory, so a lot of the work that needs to be done to clean it up is something that we would do ourselves rather than turn to somebody else,” Jablonski said.

He does not believe the vandalism was specifically directed toward the company, he said.

“All of the graffiti and the vandalism was all very juvenile in nature, and there wasn’t anything that felt personal,” he said.

The investigation is ongoing, and police are processing evidence collected at the factory, such as spray-paint cans, Tenney said.

Meg McIntyre can be reached at 352-1234, extension 1404, or mmcintyre@keenesentinel.com. Follow her on Twitter

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