About $10,000 in vandalism was reported at Van Go Mobile Arts Inc., an arts-based social service agency that provides year-round after-school and summer job-training programs to high-needs and under-served youth.
The vandalism occurred between 2 p.m. July 20 and 8 a.m. July 21, police said.
"An unidentified suspect broke out the front window, entered the premises and damaged items inside the organization's building," said Kim Murphree, Lawrence police spokeswoman.
The gallery area of the organization's building, 715 N.J., was damaged, said Lynne Green, executive director.
"It's very upsetting when that happens," she said. "It's disrupted some things."
Nothing was stolen from the organization, but several items were damaged, Green said.
A police report indicates the vandal caused about $9,870 in damage at the organization, including damage to windows on the building, a window on a car at the facility, paintings, frames, other computer equipment and various artwork. Nineteen custom wood art benches are also in need of repair, the police report indicates.
The organization is transitioning into a new, secure building as part of a renovation project, she said. In the meantime, temporary security lighting has been installed.
"The organization has cleaned up and moved on," said Brad Chindamo, president of the board.
It's not the first time the local nonprofit arts agency has been hit. Lawrence police arrested a 16-year-old boy in March 2006 on suspicion of vandalizing the same building. The damage was estimated at $1,275, including a broken window, a damaged neon sign and damage to the windshield of a van. Police found the teenager in the area and took him to the juvenile detention center. A report said it didn't appear he had any connection to the agency.