Tallahassee, Florida - July 11, 2011 -
A Tallahassee business that specializes in parties woke up this morning to anything but.
Party Center is family-run and has been at its Brevard Street location for about 50 years. The owners say they've had their share of petty crime over the years, but nothing like the graffiti and vandalism they discovered spray-painted across their big delivery truck this morning.
"They go and destroy personal property, but when they go and destroy that truck out there, that is so much money and who really can afford it nowadays?" says Dianna Liedy, the store owners’ daughter.
The owners say in the past few years, vandalism has become more common on their property located in the Frenchtown area. They say if it can happen to them, it can happen to anyone.
The owner claims, Tallahassee Police estimated the damage of the most recent crime at more than $4,000 and in this economy; they say it will be a difficult cost to cover.
Party Center Manager Teri Liedy says, "It's expensive. It's something that we don't have budgeted to fix. It is so unnecessary, when we could be buying new equipment."
If those responsible for the damage are caught, they could face a felony mischief charge. That holds a potential penalty of up to five years in prison.