Vandals plague City once more
ST. ALBANS CITY –– June was a vandalism-filled month for St. Albans City, and July has started on the same note.
During the overnight hours, city police responded to four separate and serious acts of vandalism in different sections of St. Albans, and a St. Albans Town man was arrested in connection with one of them.
Just after 2:30 a.m., police responded to a call about a smashed window at JW Ryan’s Pub, on Kingman Street. Twenty minutes later, police found 28-year-old Dallas Stuart in a parking lot, with cuts on his hand.
Police arrested Stuart for allegedly breaking the window at Ryan’s and issued him a citation to appear in Franklin District Court for unlawful mischief.
City police, however, were already busy long before that call.
At 9:30 p.m. Thursday, vandals fired a paintball at a house on Sawyer Street, breaking a window. People were home at the time, but no one was injured, said Gary Taylor, city police chief.
An hour later, police responded to Walnut Street, after a vehicle owner discovered the rear window was smashed out of her car, which she had parked in front of her home.
And at 6:10 a.m. today, police went to Messenger Street, where someone had smashed out the rear side window of another vehicle.
“Obviously, this is a serious matter,” Taylor said today, adding that his department was dedicating its resources to finding the vandals.
He also said he would “solicit the maximum penalty” from the Franklin County State’s Attorney’s Office if and when arrests are made.
Since early June, vandals have committed at least $10,000 worth of vandalism in all corners of the city, primarily by smashing out windows of vehicles, homes and public buildings.
“The likelihood is that it’s bigger than that,” Taylor said of the estimated damage amount.
Last Saturday, city police arrested a juvenile female and charged her with four separate counts of unlawful mischief after she allegedly committed $4,000 worth of vandalism to four separate vehicles at 26 Lincoln Ave., the weekend of June 12 and 13.
Police cannot say for sure if the girl was one of the vandals that used a BB gun to shoot out windows in seven motor vehicles parked on Bishop, Upper Newton and Upper Welden streets the weekend of June 18 and 19.
Those vandals also smashed and shot out: 12 windows at the Congregational Church on Church Street, three windows at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, one window at Franklin Superior Court, and five windows at a mobile home on Nason Street.
Taylor said police could not link Stuart to the other incidents that occurred last night or to the girl and the other rash of vandalism in June.
The chief speculated that a group of vandals might be traveling together in a vehicle and working individually, considering the geographic distance between the crime locations. The victims are random.
“I think they are targets of opportunity,” Taylor said.
Anyone with information should call city police at 802-524-2166.