GENESEO – Overnight vandalism and thefts from the work site at what will soon be Kelly’s Saloon haven’t slowed reconstruction at the iconic bar, which burned almost exactly one year ago.
Contractor Phil Dieter said that the vandals stole hard hats and a fire extinguisher, flipped a table, and destroyed workplace signage at the site over the night of June 30.
“To the sad soul(s) who vandalized our site last night – the truth always comes to light in time and I am sorry for you that it brings you up through efforts to bring others down,” posted Sarah Dieter, owner of Kelly’s Saloon, to Kelly’s Facebook page. “On a positive note, the project is moving along great! Huge thanks to Jim Kearney and the boys for doing a stellar job with the basement. Really grateful to work with experienced and hard working people that are also long time family friends. Well done. Enjoy your holiday weekend everyone – thanks for all your continued support.”
“It’s a financial loss for us but we’re still working,” said Dieter between moving boards into place. “The police are looking at video surveillance from the area to help identify suspects.”
The Geneseo Police Department was at the site earlier on Friday to investigate and intends to file criminal charges on any suspects. Sarah Dieter said that the site will be under video surveillance from now on.
“Our department is currently investigating and will continue to regularly check the construction site at Kelly’s Saloon,” said Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian.
Anyone who believes they have additional information on the incident or suspects is encouraged to call Geneseo Police at (585)243-2420.
Progress has been steady at the site since reconstruction broke ground on May 23. The entire basement is now complete and the first stages of construction have begun on the upper structure.
The bar was lost to an electrical fire on July 29, 2015.