By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Three vehicles were vandalized at a designated park-and-ride pull off on U.S. 91 near the Cub River turnoff on June 14.
“We had a pickup truck and two other vehicles that had gasoline tanks punctured by a screwdriver,” said Chief Deputy Dave Fryar. “No other damage was reported to other vehicles parked at the location. There were no vehicle burglaries associated with this incident.”
Sheriff Don Beckstead said this area is an established park-and-ride location for commuters.
“We have regular patrols in this area and it is not clear exactly when the vandalism took place. But I suspect it was during the night.”
A number of vehicles are left at this location for days at a time with for-sale signs. This is a misuse of the area and can create an added target for vandals and thieves, the sheriff said.
Beckstead said his department has not received damage estimates from the owners. “I believe the fuel tanks will have to be replaced. If that’s the case it is going to be expensive,” he added.
“Even though no burglaries were reported associated with this incident, now is a good time to remind folks to remove valuables from vehicles parked at any location, day or night. Car thieves break windows for a quick entry and grab and go with anything that’s left in sight.”
Fryar said the sheriff’s department is actively investigating this case and requests anyone who may have seen anything of a suspicious nature to call 852-1234 and make a report. “We need help from the public,” he said.
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