Slingerlands Methodist vandalized

Police suspect break-in caused by teens

— The police were called and are now investigating the incident. Lt. Tom Heffernan said the suspects are looking at burglary and criminal mischief charges.

“It’s looks like teens were using it as a party and hang-out spot,” he said. “With this type of crime, our school resource officers are key because they talk with the kids and deal with the kids all day. It’s not unusual for students to bring information to a resource officer, and it usually leads to a successful outcome.”

Heffernan said some information has already been developed through the school and is being followed-up on.

Forman said it was very disheartening to see the damage, bit it wouldn’t deter him from purchasing the building.

“It’s very beautiful, and I wanted it to stay in the community,” he said. “It’s also fits my needs, and I think I can repurpose it without changing the structure or looks from the outside, which is important.” Forman said he wanted to make the vandalism known so neighbors or those driving by could watch-out for strange activity.

Once the project goes gets approval from the town’s Planning Board, Forman can officially purchase the building. He is then planning on about six months of construction before he can make the move from his Delaware Avenue office.

“I just didn’t want the building to sit vacant and become dilapidated,” Forman said.

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