The '81 on East Bay' Development was Vandalized for Second Time | O'Grady Camera Photo
The '81 on East Bay' Development was Vandalized for Second Time | O'Grady Camera Photo
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Earlier this year, Kevin O’Grady and his family, who are developing “The 81 on East Bay” on the corner of Bluff Road and Boursaw Road, woke up to discover that the breakwall on their house on Bluff Road had been vandalized.

Today, they’ve been vandalized a second time, only this time, their new sign at the entrance of the development was the target – and the perpetrator was caught on camera.

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On Kyle O’Grady’s Facebook page, he posted, “Some of you may have already heard, but we woke up this morning to find out that our personal property had been vandalized yet again. We spent months customizing and installing the entrance signs to our development, as we felt it was the final touch to our long journey…”

He said they caught a few images of the perpetrator around 11 p.m. on October 9 (last night). “We hope that you can share this until we find the person who did this,” wrote Kyle. “They need to be held accountable. Any and all assistance would be greatly appreciated. It’s hard to believe that we live in a world with people like this.”

Below are photos from the O’Grady’s on-site camera, along with his original Facebook post. Someone on the post commented that because of the distinctive tail lights, the car looks like it might be a Volvo XC90.

If you have any information, contact Kyle O’Grady at (231) 299-0755, or the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office, (231) 995-5000.

The '81 on East Bay' Development was Vandalized for Second Time | O'Grady Camera Photo
The ’81 on East Bay’ Development Vandalized Second Time | O’Grady Camera Photo
81 on East Bay Vandalized for Second Time on the Old Mission Peninsula
The ’81 on East Bay’ Development Vandalized Second Time | O’Grady Camera Photo
81 on East Bay Vandalized for Second Time on the Old Mission Peninsula
The ’81 on East Bay’ Development Vandalized Second Time | O’Grady Camera Photo
81 on East Bay Vandalized for Second Time on the Old Mission Peninsula
The ’81 on East Bay’ Development Vandalized Second Time | O’Grady Camera Photo
81 on East Bay Vandalized Second Time on the Old Mission Peninsula
The ’81 on East Bay’ Development Vandalized Second Time | O’Grady Camera Photo
81 on East Bay Vandalized Second Time on the Old Mission Peninsula
The ’81 on East Bay’ Development Vandalized Second Time | O’Grady Camera Photo

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6 COMMENTS

  1. I am really disappointed that this has occurred. I live directly across from this entrance and now have to see this vandalism everyday.

    It is cowardice and juvenile. This does not represent the old mission community. The time for argument about this development occurred many years ago. The township approved this development and the developer has been fair to this neighbor.

    Enough is enough…be upset with your township not this developer who followed the process.

    Tom Sebold

  2. I agree with Tom. We live nearby this development and must see this vandalism daily. The development was approved by a shortsighted twp board so if the vandalizing person was upset, he should sit down with them and help figure out a way to limit development out here. Although we protested with the township at every hearing, we know vandalism is not the ethical or political way to handle development issues . We all must live within the law.

  3. I am outraged at the criminal action of this idiot and hope someone identifies him. What a coward. I hope he gets caught and shamed. So this is what we teach our kids. If you don’t like what someone legally does then deface his property. I dare the guy who probably is reading this and patting himself on the back to step forward and admit his deeds. Should I hold my breath until he does?
    I guess his destruction will cause this family to have to spend money to repair the damage. I am happy to donate a sum of money to help out. Anyone else who feels this way can contact me and show this family that there are people who do not condone such action and are willing to help out. if we can.

  4. LOL, the dude tucked in his shirt before committing his crime. Just a perfect boomer NIMBY.

    Unfortunately Mr. O’Grady needs to change his camera or camera settings to a faster flash, as these pictures are too blurry to be useful.

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