SPOKANE, Wash. -- Criminals broke into an historic building in Downtown Spokane overnight, ransacking several offices.
Employees discovered the mess in Old City Hall when they arrived to work Thursday morning. The damage was bad enough to stop work in several of the destroyed offices, which are housed in the building at 221 N. Wall.
Phyllis Holmes office turned into a crime scene for a few hours as police investigated the incident. She’s an insurance agent on the third floor.
“[I feel] a little disgust that people think we have nothing to do but clean up after hoodlums,” she said.
Papers, trash and supplies were thrown about the offices. Windows are shattered and cabinets were ravaged.
Holmes says clients’ information was not taken. In fact, everything taken was of little importance. Laptops were left sitting in drawers while the burglars took other materials.
“Stamps. Someone else lost stamps. Someone else lost a briefcase. There wasn’t anything important in it,” Holmes said.
The vandals used the building’s master key to gain access to the offices. Police say the crooks broke into a lock box in the lobby to get it.
Police continue to investigate. They do not yet have any suspects.
The damage done totals several thousand dollars.