Second break-in at Washington center for the deaf

VANCOUVER, Wash. – For the second time in a month, the Southwest Washington Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is having to deal with vandalism.

But this time, police captured the suspect.

The first break-in occurred on Sept. 18. Vandals left broke glass everywhere and smashed video monitors used for the video relay phone system, which is how the deaf communicate with others outside the center.

Background: Vandals cause major damage at Washington center for the deaf

The second break-in occurred at around 2:40 a.m. Saturday. The suspect, later identified as 20-year-old Justin Smith-Riggs, triggered the building’s alarm.

Responding officers took Smith-Riggs into custody after they saw him trying to flee the scene.

Vancouver police said there was some minor smoke damage to the interior of the building.

Smith-Riggs was booked into the Clark County Jail on charges of burglary, arson and malicious mischief.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the center

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