Berryville Residents Angered as Vandalism Escalates

What was initially investigated as a weekend of pranks, has now become a summer of vandalism and the residents of one Berryville neighborhood have had enough. “It was one thing for a single night of juvenile crime, but after three months, I want to press charges,” one resident stated after discovering that   nine neighbors were affected by Saturday night’s vandalism spree.

Last weekend the Berryville Police Department received 9 reports of vandalism in the area of Battlefield Estates.   The majority of the vandalism involved the removal of landscaping items from yards, most of which were recovered at other yards in the neighborhood. However, of the nine vandalism reports, three of the reports were for mailboxes that were vandalized along Jackson Drive. This marked an escalation in the vandals activities which now involves federal laws. Mailboxes are considered federal property, and federal law (Title 18, United States Code, Section 1705), makes it a crime to vandalize them (or to injure, deface or destroy any mail deposited in them). Violators can be fined up to $250,000, or imprisoned for up to three years, for each act of vandalism.

Police confirmed that there have been similar incidents in the northwest quadrant of Berryville that have been reported over the past three months.   On June 14 – 15, 2011 there were 6 reported vandalism cases and on June 25-28, 2011 there were 7 reported.

Law enforcement officials said they are working on the issue. Chief Neal White of the Berryville Police said, “We have increased patrols in the area where the cases of vandalism have been occurring. We have also requested assistance from those in the neighborhoods affected to report any suspicious activity immediately to law enforcement.”

Police have canvassed areas of the neighborhood going door-to-door asking residents if they have seen any unusual activity. Despite the increased attention police have been unable to identify any suspects. Chief White said, “Some leads have developed in these cases, but have not bore fruit to this point.”

 

Comments

  1. dmaxnjackson says:

    Whoever is doing this, is going to meet up with the wrong ole coger, and get a load of rock salt in his behind.lol

  2. That’s exactly what I was thinking. Load up the ol’ 410 with some rock salt and stay up late one night. I’ll bet after they take a load of that in their rears it’ll cut down the vandalism

  3. Roscoe Evans says:

    The old codger’s aim isn’t likely to be what it once was, and it isn’t likely that the rock salt will only hit the culprit’s behind.

    So how about taking a more up-to-date approach, and have the codger take a photo of the culprit, and turn it over to the police? Catch the culprit, and limit codger liability…

    Or solve the neighborhood’s problems with a couple of well-positioned motion-activated cameras. Actually, I’d be surprised if the police haven’t already done this. The cameras are cheaper and more efficient than a police stake-out.

  4. Roscoe Evans says:

    Be careful, Jackson. Those cameras may be in place already.

  5. Sherlock Holmes says:

    I appreciate this article a lot more then the piece on TV 3, but I am so glad this is getting attention. We need to throw a block party and organize a neighborhood watch.

    • Sharon Strickland says:

      The Battlefield Estates Civic Association (BECA) has already met with members of the Neighborhood Watch that is established in Battlefield Estates.

      If others want to form a Watch on their street or work with police for more surveillance, please contact me or Chief Neal White. It takes volunteers that will be committed to taking their turn to watch the neighborhood. Volunteers sign up for a specified watch and must keep their commitment. It takes work but it can be done.

      We know that we are having issues and we need parents to adhere to the already established curfews in place in our town. We need neighbors that are willing to secure their property better. Call Chief Neal White and ask for a review of your properties security. Maybe, your shrubbery is overgrown and allows pranksters to have better access to properties? Your Battlefield Estates Civic Association will continue working with our town police to find these vandals and prosecute them. Join us in this effort.

      • Sherlock Holmes says:

        That is odd, I would think a neighborhood watch would involve the entire neighborhood. Considering that most of our properties are well lit and shrub-less, I do not think it is polite to suggest that the vandals strike because a lawn has overgrown shrubs. The vandals strike because they have not been punished after several months; including when a neighbor _caught the vandals red handed_ and an officer of Berryville refused to see the kids home or leave his cruiser.