East Carolina University Damage

October 23, 2012 by · Comments Off on East Carolina University Damage 

East Carolina University Damage, Vandals caused damage to East Carolina’s Dowdy-Ficken Stadium complex over the weekend estimated at about $35,000 by university police, and an 18-year-old East Carolina freshman has been arrested in connection with the incident. University police believe at least two more people are involved. The one suspect was arrested when he returned to the stadium to retrieve his lost cell phone — which the police found on the field. The student was charged with breaking and entering, first-degree trespassing, three counts of injury to personal property and injury to real property, according to police records. According to the Daily Reflector, he was also charged on Saturday for possession of marijuana as well as breaking and entering a vehicle in the stadium parking lot.

The incident occurred early Sunday, according to Lt. Chris Sutton of the ECU Police Department. Vandals entered the stadium and drove three Kubota utility vehicles that had the keys in them, Sutton said.

Officials said the vandals drove the vehicles into two water fountains and into concession areas under the stands and left tire circles on the playing field. The vehicles were damaged in the process, officials said.

Pirates coach Ruffin McNeil addressed the incident during his weekly media availability on Monday.

“That is our house,” McNeill said [via Wilmington Star News]. “I just heard about it right before the press conference, and that is incredible to me. Why would anyone destroy our house?

“Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium is very precious to me having played and bled on the field. It is really disappointing that someone or some group of people would disrespect us and this university in that manner. It is unacceptable and disappointing that someone would do that to our field.”

So in review, the only real mistake made by the 18-year-old who was arrested was taking his personal cell phone out for a night of mischief. Everyone knows you need to ditch the cell phones for unidentifiable two-way radios and use cool handles. If you are going to finish off the bucket list of vandalization, you might as well do it right.

In all seriousness, this is very frustrating for East Carolina’s football program as it gets ready to host Navy on Saturday for the schools’ Military Appreciation Game.