UNA Police confirm vandalism to science building construction

UNA Police Chief Bob Pastula confirmed there was reported vandalism to the new science building Tuesday, Aug. 26 involving spray paint.

Director of Facilities Administration and Planning Michael Gautney said there was damage to brick veneer and casings on the outside of the building as well as equipment belonging to the contractors. Inside damage involved paint on the walls and other equipment.

Discussions between the university and the contractors concerning removing the paint are in the works, he said.

“The cost of removing the paint right now is estimated between $5,000 – $8,000,” Gautney said.

The crime would be considered criminal mischief, Pastula said, but he is unsure whether it would be classified as a misdemeanor or a felony at this time.

“They caused an extensive amount of damage,” he said.

The university is issuing a press release offering a $1000 award for information regarding the crime, Pastula said.