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Vandals hit Bingham-Waggoner estate yet again

Posted at 4:28 PM, Mar 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-09 17:28:15-05

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — The Bingham-Waggoner Estate is closed for the season, but it didn't stop vandals from coming in and destroying 18 window panes and part of a window frame.

“It costs manpower and for the people of Independence, I would tell them, you know some of your tax money, this is what it has to go to,” Bingham-Waggoner Estate President, Steve Schreiber said.

Schreiber said he and the city have been busy patching up what vandals have left behind.

“I’m angered quite frankly,” Schreiber said. “This is the fourth bit of vandalism that Bingham-Waggoner Estate has had in the last year.”

The estate is run mostly by volunteers.

“We have to make up the money that it costs to repair this damage,” Schreiber said.

Trip Advisor recently named Bingham-Waggoner as the number one thing to do in Independence.

Schreiber, who's volunteered there for 17 years, said this latest vandalism is disheartening.

"This is the kind of thing that hurts cities and it hurts neighborhoods," Schreiber said. "I want these people to learn their lesson right now and I think we can do it."

Schreiber is donating $1,000 of his own money as a reward to anyone who can lead them to the vandals who did this.

If you have any information, contact Independence Police.