Cars, courthouse damaged in overnight Loudon vandalism

Cars, courthouse damaged in overnight Loudon vandalism

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Six cars were damaged in Friday morning's vandalism, which officials believe happened sometime between midnight and 4 a.m. Six cars were damaged in Friday morning's vandalism, which officials believe happened sometime between midnight and 4 a.m.
One belongs to the city of Loudon, while another belongs to Loudon County. The other four are personal vehicles. One belongs to the city of Loudon, while another belongs to Loudon County. The other four are personal vehicles.
Windows were also broken at the historic Loudon Co. courthouse and annex. Windows were also broken at the historic Loudon Co. courthouse and annex.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

LOUDON (WATE) - Six vehicles and the historic Loudon County courthouse were damaged early Friday morning after river rocks were thrown at them.

The vandalism happened sometime between midnight and 4 a.m.

The damage to the Loudon County courthouse annex was severe. The window to the county clerk's drive-thru was smashed out.

The county assessor of property's car was also badly damaged.

The vandals then went across the street to the police department and threw a rock into the windshield of a Loudon police cruiser.

Altogether six cars were damaged, including four personal cars.

"All we know is it appears to be random. Theft did not appear to be a motivation, just senseless vandalism." said Loudon Detective Brian Jenkins.

County workers say this is a waste of taxpayer money.

"It's just aggravation to go through the process, county maintenance is involved to board up the windows, we have to secure the property for weather on the vehicles, so it's aggravation," said worker Brian Campbell.

Investigators estimate the vandals caused $2,000 in damage.

Officials do not have surveillance video from the courthouse or police department, but they hope nearby businesses might.

The Loudon Police Department is working on offering a reward for information leading to a conviction in this case.

If you have any information, call the Loudon Police Department at (865) 458-4423.

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