“A pretty serious path of destruction”

25 Nov


Residents in a University Hill neighborhood say vandals who left a path of destruction this weekend went way beyond typical mischief.

Boulder police received at least seven reports of vandalism Saturday morning.

Police spokeswoman Sarah Huntley said someone, or a group of people, pulled out a parking sign from the First Congregational Church, 1128 Pine St., and threw it through the church’s front glass doors.

No one went into the church, Huntley said, and it appears the damage was done just for the fun of it.

Elsewhere, a motorcycle was intentionally tipped over in the 1000 block of 14th Street, and a huge boulder weighing 60 to 70 pounds was lobbed at a parked car in the 1000 block of 10th Street.

Rocks also damaged the hoods and windows of vehicles in the 900 and 1000 blocks of Lincoln Place and in the 900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue.

One homeowner’s lawn furniture was stolen in the 1000 block of Ninth Street.

The estimated damage to vehicles ranges from $500 to $1,500, Huntley said.

Investigators think the incidents happened sometime overnight Friday or early Saturday morning.

“Based on the timing and the proximity of the incidents, investigators believe this was probably a spree” by the same person or people, Huntley said.

One Ninth Street resident called it “a pretty serious path of destruction,” saying she and her neighbors reported huge rocks tossed through car windshields, as well as stolen and destroyed property.

Earlier this year, Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner met with University Hill residents who were upset about a similar wave of vandalism. In one August incident, rocks were thrown through windows of houses, cars and the St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish.

Beckner told residents then that the department takes problems on the Hill seriously. Of 35 to 40 officers on patrol on a given night, 18 to 20 are assigned to the Hill.

Huntley said it’s too soon to know if Saturday’s vandalism is related to the incident at the beginning of the school year, but investigators aren’t ignoring the possibility.

Weekend vandalismBoulder police have taken at least seven reports of vandalism in a University Hill neighborhood. Here’s a look at what people reported:1128 Pine St. — A parking sign is thrown through the glass doors of First Congregational Church.

1000 block of Lincoln Place — Two vehicles are damaged, one with a side mirror torn off, one with a rock on its hood.

1000 block of 10th Street — A vehicle is damaged with a 70-pound rock.

1000 block of Ninth Street — Lawn furniture is stolen from a house.

900 block of Lincoln Place — The windshield of a pickup is smashed.

from the Boulder Daily Camera.

900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue — A tree branch is used to break out two windows of a parked vehicle.


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