A historic building on North Bell Avenue under renovation was vandalized over the weekend, according to police and video footage.

A video time-stamped just after midnight Friday shows several people walking inside the building. Other video shows what appears to be the people rummaging through contractors’ tools and spray-painting walls and even two security cameras.

Justin Hobson, a real estate developer for the Austin-based Investcor, shared video camera footage of the alleged vandals.

“This is a historical building,” Hobson said of the O’Neil Ford-designed Fairhaven building that served as a retirement home. “We’ve gone through a lot of effort to get this property restored. To see people break in and vandalize it was disheartening.”

Denton police got a report about the vandalism Monday morning, with a spokeswoman saying that multiple people broke in through a plywood covering to enter the property.

Hobson said crews were able to start work Monday morning but were delayed with cleanup of the building.

The building was left vacant after 2007. It is being renovated and is expected to reopen in 2020 as the New Haven Assisted Living & Memory Care center.

Other reports

1000 block of West University Drive When a couple could not pay their bill at New China King Buffet on Sunday night, they left a cellphone and said they’d go get money from an ATM and be right back, according to a police report.

But they did not come right back — in fact, they did not return at all, police said.

North Woodrow Lane and McKinney Street A 17-year-old was arrested during a traffic stop Sunday night on a theft charge when a police officer determined the vehicle she was driving was stolen, according to a police report.

A police spokeswoman said the driver was pulled over because she didn’t use a turn signal. Dispatch told the officer the vehicle was reported stolen. The driver allegedly told police her friend let her borrow the vehicle.

She was arrested on a charge of theft between $2,500 and $30,000, records show.


From 7 a.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Monday:

  • The Denton County Sheriff’s Office handled 2,619 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves.
  • The Denton Police Department handled 493 service and officer-initiated calls and made 35 arrests.
  • Denton firefighters responded to 77 medical calls and 11 vehicle crashes.

DALTON LAFERNEY can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @daltonlaferney.

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