Marblehead carpet replacement to cost $120K after bloody break-in

Marblehead plans to shell out an estimated $120,000 for carpet replacement in the Mary Alley Municipal Building due to extensive damage from a break-in a year ago.

Mary Alley Municipal Building is soon to undergo interior renovations following last year’s break-in. CURRENT PHOTO / WILLIAM J. DOWD

Insurance is expected to reimburse the town around 50% of that amount.

“This unfortunate incident has presented an opportunity to refresh the interior of the municipal building through new flooring,” said Town Administrator Thatcher Kezer. “Once completed, we expect the upgrade will significantly improve the appearance and feel of the space for both employees and residents.”

On a Monday morning in September 2022, Anthony Graciele smashed a window to get into the Mary Alley, and cut himself.

“Blood got everywhere,” Kezer said, adding Graciele allegedly tried to clean his blood up with chemicals — damaging the carpets beyond repair. “The asbestos-containing floor tiles underneath also prevent replacing just sections, so the most cost-effective solution is to install new commercial-grade carpeting throughout the affected offices and hallways.”

Kezer mentioned that during the carpeting phase, the building’s upper level will be off-limits, prompting a brief relocation of town offices or a transition to telecommuting. The installation process is pegged at two to three days, causing a brief disruption to town services. No dates have been set for the work.

Gracielle was convicted of breaking and entering with intent to commit a feloney and malicious destruction of property valued over $1,200.

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