Local Business’ Delivery Truck Vandalized

By: Letisha Bush Email
By: Letisha Bush Email

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.


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  • by Anonymous on Jul 12, 2011 at 05:27 PM
    White people are evil!
  • by Mrs Jackson on Jul 12, 2011 at 01:13 PM
    I visited the store a few months ago. They are really nice people. Its a shame that this happened. I will still use their services for my events. They have the best service in Tallahassee
  • by ol days Location: TLH on Jul 12, 2011 at 12:47 PM
    Who remembers when all the old shacks were torn down on Tennessee St. many, many years ago? The shacks in French Town are due for a bulldozer. The businesses can stay if they wish. Tallahassee needs a good cleaning, French Town is the dirtiest part.
  • by Steve Location: Marietta, Georgia on Jul 12, 2011 at 09:22 AM
    [Florida native, resident] I did read this, and watched the video. Up to five years, for this? I say they need time to think about it! Give 'em ten! Bill them for their eats hard labor, general population. I may have mentioned an event in Colorado Springs, Co. where a punk was on tape tagging businesses (6) times. He got a year for each! Hard time! Word!
  • by Typical Location: Tally on Jul 12, 2011 at 08:06 AM
    Sad to hear that nobody has any respect for others peoples property. Years ago, I had a business in that area. Trash dumped in parking lot,windows busted,vandalism. Now, they are putting in a "Frenchtown museum". How long before that too is trashed & painted? Sad....
  • by DTH Location: Tallahassee on Jul 12, 2011 at 06:41 AM
    If you make it "Open Season" on these Taggers, it just might stop a lot of it. Drive down Tennessee Street, you can't go one Block with out seeing where Taggers have been.
  • by Incognito Location: Tallahassee on Jul 12, 2011 at 06:25 AM
    This is why areas like this never really get "revitalized". What's the point in trying to bring businesses to a neighborhood, only to be treated like this?
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      by Anon on Jul 12, 2011 at 07:54 AM in reply to Incognito
      Yet this business has been for about, oh, 45 years.
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        by GV on Jul 14, 2011 at 06:40 AM in reply to Anon
        Who cares how long they have been there.What's your point?The point is that they still pour lots of money to revitalize this part of town and attract new businesses,which is a waste of money.What does it matter how long this business has been there?
  • by Thom on Jul 12, 2011 at 05:53 AM
    One thing is for sure; this is no one's fault other than the criminals and their parent(s). Society does not force you to do senseless things like this. This is not even stealing a loaf of bread, which is still a crime. It is an absolutely senseless crime.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 12, 2011 at 06:59 AM in reply to Thom
      Parents? I'm sure the parents were standing there telling them to do it.
  • by truth on Jul 12, 2011 at 05:34 AM
    Just another Obama voter hard at work.
    • reply
      by Thom on Jul 12, 2011 at 05:49 AM in reply to truth
      Your comment shows that you are as ignorant to real issues as the crooks who committed this crime.
      • reply
        by Anonymous on Jul 12, 2011 at 11:27 AM in reply to Thom
        maybe, but the truth none the less
  • by Causseaux Location: Dewey St on Jul 12, 2011 at 04:52 AM
    Florida only requires labiality insurance. They dont be paying for vandelism unless you got the collision kind of insurance. IF you got some collision than all you be having to pay is the deductable.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 12, 2011 at 06:59 AM in reply to Causseaux
      And everyone's insurance goes up because someone made a claim for this vandalism. How about catching the perp, and making them pay to fix the damage?
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