Coins tossed in Liberty fountain are stolen

By Anthony Gonzalez agonzalez@civitasmedia.com

April 16, 2014

A downtown business leader is saying she’s taking aggressive steps to pursue the person who siphoned coins out of the water fountain placed on her property.

In March, the water fountain that sits adjacent to the parking lot entrance of The Liberty was dedicated to the Yadkin Valley United Fund, a local charity. Since, visitors participating in functions at The Liberty have been observed tossing in pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.

According to Cicely McCulloch, proprietor of The Liberty, the coins were stolen. The incident was reported to the Elkin Police Department.

“I’m very upset. The coins are meant to be collected for a charity,” said McCulloch.

McCulloch said that she is going to install a camera to capture fountain activity. Suspicious acts will be turned over to authorities.

McCulloch also alleged that skateboarders who have been riding through downtown Elkin are causing damage to the water fountain.

“They are taking their skateboard and jumping onto the fountain edge. It’s damaging the fountain,” said McCulloch. “It’s also dangerous for kids to be riding through downtown startling customers who shop along Main Street.”

Missy Loving, the executive director of the Yadkin Valley United Fund, had not known the coins were stolen. “I’m stunned. There are so many people who give generously,” she said. “Every penny counts for the charities we support.”

The Liberty is located at 222 E. Main St.

McCulloch restored The Liberty converting it from a former tobacco warehouse into a $2 million multi-use development facility now featuring a banquet space, a retail store, an eatery and office space. According to McCulloch, the fountain coin donation option is a way for the community to make a difference and help support a charity.

It is unknown if volunteers associated with the Yadkin Valley United Fund will collect coins more frequently.

Anthony Gonzalez may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @newsgonz.