Vandals go after vehicle glass in Pear Park area

Late-night thugs target neighborhood

Vickie Samaniego examines the damage done to the driver’s side window of her neighbor’s pickup truck at 3178 D 1/2 Road during a rash of vandalism in the Pear Park and Fruitvale area late Wednesday or early Thursday.

Sporadic incidents of broken car, truck and house windows, and other destruction of private property, have some residents of a Pear Park neighborhood frustrated.

The latest incident was early Thursday morning. Vandals struck at least one home and several vehicles parked at 3178 D 1/2 Road, 614 32 Road and 424 Bing Lane. Damages from the overnight attack are estimated by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department to be between $2,000 to $5,000.

“Nobody heard anything. We woke up to broken glass,” Vickie Samaniego said.

She said her family’s truck had a window smashed out and a door kicked in, then described some of the vandalism other residents awoke to Thursday.

“There is a house that is down the street, and I guess they busted up the front door and a window and busted up a bunch of things in the front yard. Then they came down and busted up the windows on a four-wheel-drive vehicle,” Samaniego said. “We don’t understand why someone would do this. I was very ticked off.”

Samaniego said the late-night mischief has been occurring for months. Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Heather Benjamin could not confirm the neighborhood had been targeted before.

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating, but these types of crimes are typically tough to prosecute, Benjamin said.

“The victims unfortunately were unable to provide any witness statements,” she said. “Unless we catch them in the act, and/or there are excellent witness statements, it is very difficult.”

Benjamin said residents can take actions to try to stave off further vandalism. Park vehicles in a garage, keep outside lights on, never leave valuables in plain sight within a car and lock vehicle doors. She also suggested residents request extra patrols from the Sheriff’s Department in their neighborhood and advised residents to report suspicious activity or keep a journal of odd events to share with police.

“If someone is hell-bent on committing a crime, they will do it. But if you can decrease the opportunity, you can help prevent yourself from being a victim of a crime,” Benjamin said.


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