Muscular Dystrophy Association of Alaska Executive Director Elaine Phillipps didn't plan to spend her Monday morning cleaning up debris -- but a day after police say a 17-year-old trashed the MDA's office, she and her staff have put daily business on hold.
With at least $25,000 of damage that included broken office equipment and ripped-out sinks, Anchorage police say this kind of destruction is unheard of.
"The office was destroyed, I don't think there was a room untouched," said Officer Ken Bushue. "I've seen damaged offices, but not to this extent -- this is probably the worst I've seen."
APD spokesperson Jennifer Castro says that seems to be the rampage's primary motive.
"The level of damage made it clear that the suspect was intending to do as much destruction as possible and that his intent (was) not to steal but to cause damage," Castro wrote in a Monday statement on the case.
The chain of events has put a damper on what MDA does in the community. For now some employees are working from home, while others are trying to find the basics.
"We can use some desks and some chairs, some computers -- all of our computers are destroyed -- basic office equipment, paper," said Phillipps.
Despite the damage, Phillipps calls the vandalism a temporary setback that her organization is pushing through, so it can continue helping Alaskans, just like her staff has for decades.
"We will take the next step, whatever that might be," Phillipps said. "It makes things move a little slower but absolutely we will be moving forward, stronger in the future."
APD would not say if the 17-year-old was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but officers did say he suffered severe injuries from the damage.
MDA says the national office is sending them materials to continue its work, but in the meantime they could use donated furniture and office supplies. Anyone with donations can email Phillipps at firstname.lastname@example.org.