Historic Hollis building vandalized, police seek information

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HOLLIS –– Local law enforcement is seeking information regarding an act of vandalism that destroyed a historic window at the newly reconstructed Cooper Shop on Nichols Field on September 5.

The Hollis Police Department responded to a report of criminal mischief at the site, where they found that a rock had been thrown through a window.

This window, a part of the Cooper Shop’s recent restoration, was a 183-year-old piece of the town’s history.

Captain Brendan LaFlamme expressed both disappointment and determination in response to the crime.

“The deliberate damage caused to this building is not only a criminal offense, but an insult to all those that worked so hard on this project,” he said. “The Hollis Police Department intends to prosecute those responsible for the damage to the fullest extent of the law.”

The Cooper Shop’s reconstruction was a significant project undertaken by the Hollis Heritage Commission, involving numerous hours of volunteer labor to restore the historic building to its former glory.

The act of vandalism has saddened the community and those who dedicated their time and effort to the restoration.

The police department encourages anyone with information that could help identify those responsible for the damage to contact Officer Nicholas Esposito at 603-465-7637.

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