Evicted Tenant Leaves Quite The Mess

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When Clancy Hopkins evicted Mark Stewart from his Washington Street apartment complex in Watertown, he thought it was just an ordinary eviction.

But when Hopkins walked through the apartment for the first time after the eviction, he couldn't believe what he saw.

There was writing all over the walls.

But that was the least of Hopkins's problems.

The radiator has been ripped off.

Dry wall was gone.

When totalled, the damage neared $25,000.

Hopkins didn't even see it coming and he later found out that he wasn't the first time that Stewart had done this.

"Social Services did not tell me about the background of this particular gentleman. So I got stuck," said Hopkins.

It was the Department of Social Services that put Stewart in the apartment.

Clancy Hopkins wants to know - if DSS knew that Stewart has done this before, why did it put him in Hopkins's apartment?

DSS refused to comment on the case, but released a statement saying in part:

"We have to carefully balance our need to serve, with the needs of the individual and the community.  We should never mislead, but we are often precluded from full disclosure. "

Stewart volunteered at the Watertown Urban Mission.

Workers there say he moved to Florida after the eviction.

As for Hopkins, he's trying to keep a sense of humor about Stewart and his handiwork.

"I'll give him credit. He has good handwriting," said Hopkins.

Since no one knew how to get in touch with Stewart, we were unable to reach out to him for comment.
 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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