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Vandal damages couch, air conditioner at Flagler Humane Society Thrift Store

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The store's manager arrived the morning of Feb. 27 and found the damage.
by: Jonathan Simmons News Editor

Someone vandalized property at the Humane Society Thrift Store at 480 Palm Coast Parkway SW overnight Feb. 26.

The sectional, as found the morning of Feb. 27. (Photo courtesy of the Flagler Humane Society)

The store's manager arrived at the store to open it the morning of Feb. 27 and found that part of a red sectional couch, which had been left at the shop overnight, had been sliced open and the stuffing ripped out, according to a Flagler County Sheriff's Office case report.

Two knives were left sitting on the couch.

Someone had also tampered with the store's air conditioning unit, she said. She wasn't sure whether that occurred at the same time as the vandalism of the couch.

The damaged sectional was worth $70, but the air conditioning unit was worth $2,000, she told a Flagler County Sheriff's Office deputy. 

FHS Executive Director Amy Wade-Carotenuto said copper had been stolen from the air conditioning unit.

The store has had repeated problems, she said, with people dropping off items overnight that then become targets for theft or vandalism, or are simply damaged by rain. 

"Our drop-off hours are from 10 to 3 Monday through Saturday," she said. "We don’t want items that are just going to draw people to come steal them."

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