Vandal Glues Keys on Public Art Piano, Royal Oak Police Seek Suspect

Vandal Glues Keys on Public Art Piano, Royal Oak Police Seek Suspect

(Royal Oak Commission for the Arts, Aug. 6, 2018)

Royal Oak, MI –On Wednesday August 1, a public piano placed in front of Gayle’s Chocolates was vandalized. The unknown assailant spread adhesive along the keys of the piano making them inoperable. The first piano as part of the Royal Oak Public Piano Project was placed in the fall of 2016. This is the first reported incident of vandalism to the project.

The commission for the arts is deeply disappointed that this has happened. Chair Jason Gittinger said, “We always know that the quality of our pianos will degrade over time, but to have someone maliciously try to silence one is disheartening. This program brings so much joy and so many smiles to the community. I hope we can find this individual, so they don’t do this again.”

The Royal Oak Police Department opened a case on the incident and anyone with any information is encouraged to contact them at 248-246-3500.

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