Donelson bowling alley closed after break-in

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A bowling alley in Donelson is closed after it was broken into early Friday morning.

Donelson Bowl on Donelson Pike posted about the break-in on Facebook.

The business was vandalized and burglarized as well.

“Due to clean up and getting everything back in order, we are currently closed and will be until further notice.”

Manager Todd Camp told News 2 he came in Friday morning to find the business with arcade games smashed, doors kicked down, the office ransacked and phone lines cut.

“It’s a shock to the community,” Camp told News 2 of the historic bowling alley being defaced.

While many hadn’t heard the news and were turned away at the door Saturday, others had to cancel celebrations due to the damage.

“Normally on a typical Saturday we have birthday parties and we have groups that have made reservations and obviously the reservations today had to be cancelled,” said Camp.

Donelson bowl had been open for more than five decades, the amount of history the oldest lanes in town hold is endless.

“We’ve had generations of families come in. It’s like a landmark you see that neon out by the road and it takes people back to their childhood. It’s a Donelson staple is what it is.”

Camp said since he posted to Facebook, the community has shown great support and has offered to come help clean up, for which he is grateful.

Camp hopes to have the bowling alley back open Sunday or Monday.

No additional information about the burglary has been released.

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