Police: smell nearly 'unbearable' at vandalized Coeur d'Alene motel

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by HONORA SWANSON & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 2, 2013 at 6:02 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 2 at 6:21 AM

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho -- Owners of a local motel faced thousands of dollars in repairs after they said some tenants destroyed the place.

The neighbors said suspects allegedly had a party at the Long Term Stay Motel and went nuts.  Police said the damage in the two-story room is some of the worst vandalism they had ever seen.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said Michael Sadler, who has been living at the motel for about a year.  “There was trash everywhere knee deep, holes in the walls…”
   
Sadler said the tenants soiled furniture, broke out windows, and spray-painted the refrigerator, among other things.

“There wasn’t a door inside that could be fixed,” he said.

One of the investigating officers wrote in the police report, “There was a heavy concentration of flies downstairs and they were nearly always hitting my face as I walked around the basement.”

“I worked as quickly as I could,” the officer continued, “as it seemed the interior of the home could have been a health hazard.”

The report went on to state the damage was significant throughout the residence and the smell was nearly unbearable.

According to the police report, the people staying at in the room were nearly $2,000 behind in rent and the owners were evicting them.

“It’s just so much disrespect to ruin people’s property like that,” Sadler added.
   
Investigators said the damage is estimated around $15,000, with an extra $5,000 in stolen property.   

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