Three arrested in vandalism spree - Updated 11:04 a.m.
By Brent Curtis
Staff Writer | January 25,2013
Vyto Starinskas / Staff Photo
Police investigate more reports of windows shot out on vehicles Thursday, including one here on Meadow Street in Rutland.
Rutland Police say a vandalism spree that damaged more than 100 vehicles, businesses and homes in the city and surrounding communities during the last few days has been brought to an end.
On Thursday night police arrested Jacob Eells, 18, of West Rutland, Cade Bowen, 17, or Castleton, and Cody Vanguilder, 17, of West Rutland, who police say were responsible for the vandalism estimated to have cost tens of thousands of dollars in damage.
The teenagers were charged with multiple counts of unlawful mischief – both felony and misdemeanor counts, according to Rutland Police Sgt. John Sly.
But they won’t appear in court to answer the charges until Feb. 4 as police continue to investigate cases of vandalism that were still being reported this morning.
“We’re working on tallying the total amount of damage,” Sly said Friday morning. “We need specifics from every victim. It’s going to take some legwork to get estimates and do a final tally. That’ why they were cited into court.”
Through the evidence of an eyewitness, several surveillance cameras and interviews with the teens, some of whom allegedly confessed to the acts, Sly said police were able to build their case.
Since 3 a.m. Wednesday when the first complaints of broken windows were phoned in, city police have responded to more than 100 reports of vandalism involving windows shot out by pellet guns, Sly said.
The number of shootings in Rutland Town and West Rutland where similar vandalisms were reported, is still being tallied, Sly said.
“It’s horrendous,” he said. “The number of people adversely impacted by their actions is huge.”
As for the reason for the shootings, there was none, Sly said.
“There was no specific motive given. There was no targeting of specific individuals. As we suspected, it was purely random acts,” he said.