INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – People living in a Broad Ripple neighborhood hope people can identify a vandal who left behind damage and a threatening note.
The victim put up a free library several years ago. It’s been vandalized before, but this time the suspect opened the doors on the free library and took out all of the books – and that’s not all.
“It’s a free library, anybody can come,” said Jose Espada.
Espada believes reading is fundamental and wants to share the opportunity to do so with everyone in his neighborhood. So about five years ago, he built a custom bookstand in his front yard and it’s been big hit.
“We got a lot of good response from neighbors saying they appreciate us having the book library,” said Espada.
But a vandal has taken aim at Jose’s bookstand. His wife shared photos with Eyewitness News showing how they found their bookstand one day. The vandal left behind all of the books after purposely damaging the inventory.
“Took the books out, (put) dirt on it and some water, coffee grinds and other garbage in the book library and smeared it around,” said Espada.
Jose learned about neighborhood bookstands from littlefreelibrary.org. The website encourages people who love reading to share the love with free access to books of all kinds. It turns out, he is not the only one doing so in Broad Ripple. A couple of his neighbors are also fans of offering free books.
It’s another reason they hope police can track down the vandal.
“I enjoy being in a position where people can take a book out and read,” Espada said.
Espada has actually registered his bookstand, so that it is an official library on the website. Despite the recent vandalism for Jose and people who love to read, life is good.
If you have any information that could help in this case, call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 317-262-TIPS.