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November 28, 2012

Logansport tanning salon hit by burglars

Interior of Electric Beach spray-painted, damaged.

LOGANSPORT — A Logansport tanning salon is cleaning up after intruders spray-painted the interior of the business and broke several tanning beds.

Staff at Electric Beach, 1131 E. Broadway, reported a burglary at their business Monday morning after one of the owners came into the store and found the place in disarray. Police would not comment on whether the incident was gang-related.

Bryan Hillis, assistant chief of the Logansport Police Department, said no arrests had been made so far. He would not say whether police had suspects.

“I don’t want to reveal any of the information about the suspects,” Hillis said.

Hillis also said he was unsure whether the graffiti at the tanning salon was related to the eight other reports of graffiti on the sides of garages and cars reported throughout the city Monday.

Terry Rollins, who owns the tanning salon with his wife, Cindy, said their business had spray paint along the walls, mirrors and in the tanning beds. One of the doors was damaged and about $100 in cash, a television and a computer monitor were missing, according to police reports.

“They basically just destroyed the place,” Rollins said.

He said the vandals also appeared to have put glue on some of the beds.

Most of the graffiti was done using brown spray paint, and Collins said what he was told was the name of a gang was spray-painted in several locations.

“The name was on the bed,” Rollins said.

He added that he believed the culprits had spent at least an hour in the business because they did some peculiar things, like taking a $1 bill out of a picture frame and then hanging the frame back on the wall.

Rollins said he also believed the intruders had tried to set the building on fire, because a paper sign hanging on the door showed signs of being burnt.

Rollins said it took four people about seven hours to clean up all of the damage.

“We were cleaning up in there all that time,” Rollins said.

The business was open during its regular hours Tuesday.

Rollins said he didn’t believe his business had been specifically targeted. He said he understood other locations had suffered similar damage.

“This is not the only place they’ve done that to,” he said.

Caitlin Huston is a staff reporter of the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5148 or caitlin.huston@pharostribune.com.

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