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Republican Headquarters Vandalized

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Vandals have struck the Republican Party headquarters in Albemarle County. It's all part of what may be the second political attack in less than a week.

A legislative aide arrived at the party headquarters in Albemarle Square about 8:30 Friday morning and found three windows had been shattered by bricks.

GOP leaders called police right away. The glass is being cleaned up and the windows will be covered with plastic and taped.

Albemarle Republican Chairwoman Rachel Schoenewald said, "Our hope is that this is the last that we will see of it. We are very much hoping and encouraging everyone to just take a deep breath, calm down and really think about this and the impact this has on the community as a whole."

The damage is estimated at about $1,000.  If you have information on this case, call Crime Stoppers at 434-977-4000.

GOP leaders say the best way to be heard is not through violence but at the polls.

Albemarle County issued the following statement about the incident:

"On March 26, 2010 at approximately 8:47 A.M. County Police responded to 455 Albemarle Square for a report of vandalism to the GOP headquarters. Sometime between 6:15 P.M. on March 25th and 8:45 A.M. this morning unknown suspect(s) threw at least two bricks through the windows of the headquarters. Two of the windows were completely shattered and a third was partially damaged. A preliminary estimate of the damage to the windows is approximately $1,000.00. There was no apparent entry to the building. The officer on scene collected evidence and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Albemarle County Police Department at 296-5807 or Crime Stoppers at 977-4000."

Representative Tom Perriello released the following statement:

"Those responsible for the destruction of property at the Albemarle GOP headquarters should be caught and brought to justice. I implore people on all sides of this debate to put an immediate end to attacks and threats. These actions are dangerous and reprehensible, and they have to stop."

Reported by Henry Graff
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