Teens graffiti State Theater

The curtain went up for the first time in years last week at South Bend's State Theater, but today workers there are coming together to clean graffiti off the building.

Police say three white teen boys were near the front of the building defacing it, when they were spotted by a Downtown South Bend Ambassador.

The ambassadors aren't able to use any force, so the teens got away before police could catch up with them.

The graffiti is on the mezzanine level of the theater, which is actually a fire escape and likely how the teens got up there.

Those at the state theater say having an empty building downtown isn't helping.

“If we want to prevent that from happening, save and preserve our historic heritage downtown, we need to get this up and running as soon as possible,” says State Theater General Manager Drew Elegante.

A group of volunteers helped clean the graffiti Wednesday.

They'll continue until all of it is gone.

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