Vandals strike NJ communities 28 times

March 4, 2009 2:51:13 PM PST
Police in Evesham Township, New Jersey are investigating a rash of vandalism.Most of the incidents were commited in the overnight hours of Tuesday, February 24th.

In the Marlton Lakes subdivision, police say 17 mailboxes were struck, damaged and knocked off their posts. The tires of two cars were also slashed.

Also that night, in the Kings Grant subdivision, six cars had their tires slashed.

Then, between March 1st and March 2nd, two more cars had their tires slashed in that subdivision.

One of the victims noticed the damage to his mother's car while shoveling snow after Monday's snowstorm.

"We were warming up the car and I was shoveling out just so she could pull out easier and I noticed both tires were flattened," said Dennis Hanesian.

A broken mailbox belongs to 83-year-old retired widow Valerie Kennedy. It cost her $400 to install.

"Now I have somebody coming to fix it for $120. I'm a retired person, come on!" Kennedy said.

Police suspect the vandals may be teenagers who live in the targeted neighborhoods.

One woman whose mailbox was destroyed fears they'll strike again if she's identified. While not physically attacked, she's among the victims who feel violated, scared and angry.

"If they're teenagers, then where's their parents? If they're other people, they need to get something better to do than destructive behavior," the victim said.

Anyone with information that may assist with this investigation are asked to call the Evesham Township Police Department Investigative Bureau at 856-983-1118.

Residents in the Marlton Lakes and Kings Grant subdivisions are asked to have an increased vigilance and report any and all suspicious activity immediately to the Evesham Police by calling 856-983-1111. Police will be dispatched immediately when calling this phone number.

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