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Police arrest 24-year-old former employee for Opus 9 vandalism

The Opus 9 Steakhouse in New Town sustained $60,000 in damage over the weekend after a person entered the building overnight and broke bottles of alcohol, tables, chairs and tableware, police said. (Courtesy Google Maps)
Opus 9 Steakhouse (Courtesy Google Maps)

James City County Police arrested a 24-year-old man Nov. 6 after he allegedly vandalized the Opus 9 Steakhouse, breaking furniture, dishes and bottles of alcohol.

Austin S. Farris, of Hayes, was arrested and charged with breaking and entering and property damage valued over $1,000, according to James City County Police spokeswoman Stephanie Williams.

Farris was a former employee of the restaurant, located in New Town.

Farris turned himself in to James City County Police at a prearranged location on Monticello Avenue Nov. 6, Williams said.

Opus 9 employees showed up to work Nov. 29 to find extensive destruction inside the restaurant. Police said

After cleanup that morning, business continued as usual the same day, General Manager Steve Smith told WYDaily Nov. 1.

Farris is scheduled to appear for a hearing at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Williamsburg-James City County General District Court.

Online court records show he is out on bail.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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