A car full of vandals tore through the southwestern part of Washington County Thursday morning, possibly destroying between $15,000 to $20,000 worth of property.
Now the Washington County Sheriff's Office is requesting help identifying the suspects, who were described by witnesses as four teenage males driving in a small red or maroon car.
Among other things, 17 houses reported battered mailboxes, said Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks.
Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office
The back window of this vehicle was broken out during a Thursday morning vandalism spree that affected at least 17 houses in the southwestern part of the county. The damage possibly exceeded $15,000.
But, added Mincks, "It was a little more than the mailbox damaging kind of stuff."
The suspects used metal pipes and cinder blocks to break out windows in cars and homes. Vehicle interiors were also damaged.
In one instance, the suspects let a tractor out of gear and let it run over an embankment, said Mincks.
Police need your help
Vandals caused property damage to at least 17 homes in the southwestern part of Washington County early Thursday morning.
Damage included homes, cars, tractors and mailboxes and could total more than $15,000 in destruction.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is requesting help identifying the four suspects.
Witnesses reported seeing four teenage males driving around the affected areas in a red or maroon vehicle, possibly with an discolored door and one dim taillight.
Anyone with information should contact the sheriff's office at 376-7070.
Affected areas included Veto, Lake, Brackenridge, Canterbury and School House roads.
"It was a lot of stupid, destructive stuff the insurance company is going to have to take care of or people out of their own pocket," said Mincks.
According to witnesses, the red vehicle had a dim tail light and a discolored door.
Victim Kathy Gibbs said she did not glimpse the suspects but is hopeful they will be found.
"I hope they catch them and I hope they have to pay for the damage," she said.
Gibbs was awoken around 3 a.m. Thursday when a large landscaping block came crashing through a picture window in her dining room.
"It was pretty scary. That was probably my first thought that they were trying to get in," said Gibbs.
If caught, the teens would likely be charged with criminal damaging, which is classified as a first-or second-degree misdemeanor, said Mincks.
Anyone with information about the vandalism spree should contact the sheriff's office at 376-7070.