Vandals hit Liberty subdivision

Several vehicles rifled through, have tires slashed

Seven residents in Stillwater’s Liberty subdivision reported that their vehicles’ tires were slashed and property rifled through during the overnight hours Sept. 9-10.

The vandalism is believed to have occurred after 10 p.m. Sept. 9. Total estimated damages are $4,050.

Residents who were victims of vandalism wre identified in Stillwater Police Department reports as Anthony Eger, Thomas Kane, Janet Goodwin Link, Julie Miller, Karen Harkins Farrington and Denise Dunham.

Another resident, Pamela Johnson, reported that her vehicle was entered while parked in her unlocked garage, but she did not report anything missing. She told officers she heard noises between midnight and 2 a.m.

“There are a couple more people in the area that we need to talk to but you can’t really consider them suspects either. There’s really no evidence. No one saw anyone and most of the people didn’t report it until the next morning.” said SPD spokesman Sgt. Jeff Stender.

Eger reported all four tires on his vehicle were slashed. His unlocked vehicle was parked in his driveway and was rifled through, but he reported nothing damaged or missing.

Kane reported one tire slashed and further damage to his vehicle. Goodwin Link had two tires slashed and large scratch marks on the back of her vehicle. Although her car was unlocked, she reported nothing missing.  The passenger side mirror on Miller’s vehicle was broken and one tire was slashed.

Harkins Farrington’s Volkswagen Jetta had all four tires slashed and a small amount of money taken from inside the vehicle.  Damage to her vehicle was estimated at $1,000. Dunham had two tires slashed on her vehicle.

According to Stender, the best way residents can prevent vandalism and vehicle break-ins is to err on the side of caution and call the police if residents hear or see something suspicious.

“It’s just about calling when you see or hear something suspicious, like the one guy who heard the noise but didn’t report it,” he said. “There’s really no way to protect yourself from some idiot who decides to go out and slash tires. Err on the side of caution, I’d rather come out for nothing than have it be something.”

The incidents remain under investigation and there are no new developments at this time, Stender said. Other reports have trickled in with the same situation, but  those reports also took place over the same dates earlier this month, he added.