TURLOCK, CA - A vandalized EDD office in Turlock could be reopening as soon as Wednesday after it was trashed early Monday morning.
A sign on the door Tuesday indicated the office was closed for the day because of "HAZARDOUS MATERIAL."
According to the building owner, vandals broke in Monday morning, entering the office through a window in the alley way, and then ransacked the office.
"It looks like they opened every drawer and dumped everything on the floor, making a big mess everywhere," CHP Officer Chuck Leon said. "They went through the refrigerator, took food out, left it on tables."
Then, the vandals tracked human feces around the building.
"They used the men's restroom without using the toilet. They tracked it around the building," building owner Bill Youngdale said.
Vandals also stole some computer equipment and a state car.
Cleaning crews came by Tuesday to clean and sanitize the carpet.
Law enforcement do not know for sure what the motive was for the vandalism.
"As far as vandalism, it sounds like somebody had an agenda for EDD," Leon said.
At the Barber Lounge directly across the street, Rudy Rivapleta still can't believe what the vandals did.
"We think it's kind of disgusting to be honest with you," said Rivapleta. "It's kind of shocking to hear that somebody would come in here and try to disrespect the EDD office where really, it's supposed to be there to help people."
"It's probably someone who's in despair," Turlock resident Sharon Cantrell said. "Someone who's hurting. Financial times are hard for everybody."
Some people question the timing of the vandalism.
"It came just after I found out the EDD is leaving at the end of October. Staff is moving out the 15th," Youngdale explained.
According to Youngdale, the EDD office in Turlock is closing for good and nearly three dozen employees will relocate to offices in Merced, Modesto and Manteca.
The theft and vandalism also come as thousands of unemployed workers around the state are still waiting for their benefit payments because of a computer glitch with EDD computers.
By Suzanne Phan, email@example.com