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Vandals Shoot Out Windows At Miami's Coleman Theatre & Hit Nearby Cars

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MIAMI, OKLAHOMA -

Employees at the Coleman walked into work to find shattered glass.

Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau Office Assistant Stacie Phillips says "I noticed these little spots soI I went over and got Shannon."

Coleman Theatre Managing Director Shannon Duhon says the vandalism is a disgrace to a historic building that has been the crown jewel of Miami for nearly ninety years.

He says "It has stood the test of time, but unfortunately you can't stand the test of stupidity. And that's what you have here a random act of stupidity."

Police believe vandals hit the place with BB guns overnight, shooting up the windows at the Visitors and Convention Bureau and the barbershop within the Coleman Theatre Complex. At least seven cars parked nearby were also damaged.

Miami Police Chief Thomas Anderson says "Reports started coming in and they have continued to come in."

Police have yet to track down a good lead and are asking for the public's help.

"With the good weather and Spring Break…we’re probably looking at older teenage kids, driving around. So if anybody has any information, saw anybody driving around or anybody knows any kids that were hanging out last night…We would ask just anybody please give us a call."

Spring Break also brings tourists traveling along Route 66, a busy time for the theatre to be making repairs.

Duhon says "This is a destination in Ottawa County. People come here from all over the world to see this theatre to see the mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ and to have something like that happen to that facility it's a sad day for us, but we'll move on."

The Coleman does have an alarm system, but no security cameras. The “Miami Towers” across the street do have cameras but it's not clear if they were pointed at the scene of the crime. Also last night police say a fire extinguisher reportedly fell through a skylight at the apartment building, though they aren't sure if it's related.

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