Police respond to 5 vandalism incidents

Cary Ashby • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:50 PM

Norwalk police responded to five vandalism complaints within about 5 1/2 hours Monday morning. Four of the incidents involved vandalism to vehicles.

Capt. Eric Hipp said three of the incidents at 34 Chatham St., 71 Woodlawn Ave. and 86 Milan Ave. could be related because "the general area" and the times they were reported. Complainants called police about the vandalism between 8:22 and 9:14 a.m.

Hipp said an incident in the 200 block of Woodlawn Avenue "seems like an isolated incident" because the complainant suspected neighborhood children toilet-papered his trees and pool. The victim also reported someone put baby powder, shaving cream, mustard and tampons on his vehicle as well as blue painter's masking tape in his driveway and yard.

In one of the possibly connected incidents, a Chatham Street man reported someone sprayed an oily substance on the driver's side door, window and mirror of his 2007 GMC Acadia. He had washed it off before Officer David Smith arrived at 8:28 a.m., but said "the substance had a gun powder/fireworks smell."

Less than an hour later, Smith was dispatched to an alley between Milan Avenue and Chatham Street. The officer reported finding black and gold spray paint behind 86 Milan Ave. and in the back of a 78 Milan Ave. garage.

"There were three pictures as well an attempt at a swastika. I also observed 'JRB' written among the poorly produced, unsightly mess," he wrote.

Officer James Montana responded to 71 Woodlawn Ave. at 9:37 a.m., where someone vandalized two vehicles.

Montana said there was "faint" black and red paint, which "appeared to be (from) the remnants of the cans" on the woman's white 2000 Mercury hatchback. "The paint was relatively fresh and could be wiped off, for the most part," he added.

The same victim accused someone of emptying the contents of the center console of a second vehicle, a dark beige 2000 Jeep. She also reported missing between $20 and $30 in cash.

At 12:30 p.m., an area motorist, whose address wasn't listed, reported someone put blue and gold spray paint on the rear and driver's side of his 2002 silver Dodge Caravan.

Police also investigated this morning graffiti on the back wall of the new Walgreens store, which is set to open Aug. 10.

Anyone with information about these incidents is encouraged to call the Norwalk Police Department at (419) 663-6780.

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