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Owner offers $5,000 reward for information in current Joplin arson and vandalism investigation

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The Joplin Police Department and Joplin Fire Department are currently investigating an arson and vandalism at a professional building located near 32nd Street and Connecticut Avenue.

 

The owner says interior work on the building was set to begin within the next 45 days, but due to the damage, that is no longer the case.


Officials responded to the scene shortly after 10:00 p.m. Monday night, where vandals broke through the glass front doors and proceeded to break windows on all three levels of the building, before setting fire to two elevators ready to be installed.


"We have one elevator that's completely destroyed, the other one is possibly destroyed, a long with 30 windows," said Rodney Spriggs, owner. "There were also a bunch of windows waiting to go in the front of the store that were damaged by the fire."


18 of the windows were double paned and already installed.


Spriggs estimates the windows will cost around $35,000 to replace and says each elevator averages around $70,000, creating a total well over $100,000 in damages.


"The issue is you've got to understand how much this costs," Spriggs said.  "We have insurance, but it's still going to cost us money. It costs us lost time. It costs lost jobs for the City of Joplin."


When completed, the building of 88,000 square feet will serve as retail and office space for any businesses that wish to come in, but now the investigation and repairs create a set back.


"Especially in this case, when it's a brand new building, where they're trying to get businesses in, it's obviously going to set them back a little bit," said Lieutenant Matt Stewart, Joplin Police Department.  "We're again asking for the public's help to bring us any information that they may have."


"I would love to stop this and make sure that it doesn't happen to any place else," Spriggs said.


Spriggs expects the project to be delayed 60 to 90 days.


"We'll clean it up, we'll get everything replaced and then we'll move forward," he said.


Spriggs is also offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who comes forward with information leading to an arrest. 


RKS Development, owned by the same owners of Vintage Stock, is the group developing the building, on which work began two years ago.

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