County Police Search for Vandals

By: Michael Gorsegner
By: Michael Gorsegner

August 14, 2006

Albemarle County police are looking for suspects that are responsible for over $30,000 worth of damage to new homes. All eight homes were still being built.

Construction crews all around Crozet returned to work this morning to find several homes under construction damaged by vandals.

"We estimate at least $30,000 worth of damage was done to those homes that were being built now. Things ranging from doors being kicked in, inside walls being damaged and smashed in," said Lt. John Teixeira.

Vandals damaged eight homes in and around the Old Trail subdivision, shattering windows and breaking construction equipment. One home in Old Trail alone lost 27 windows causing at least $20,000 in damage.

"It's really senseless. All that damage to these homes out there that people have saved up their money to buy, now it's going to be put off for some more time," said Lt. Teixeira.

While police say vandalism to construction sites is nothing new, they are also confident they will find those responsible.

"Unfortunately this is not an isolated incident. We have this happen from time to time particularly in the areas that are being built up like out in the Old Trail/Crozet section," Lt. Teixeira said.

"We'd like to just tell them that they need to turn themselves in and tell us what they were thinking when they did it so we can try and document that and give them their day in court. Chances are, we're going to catch them," said Officer Michael Wells.

At this point, police say they have little information about suspects. They say it is difficult considering not many people occupy homes in the neighborhood therefore there are not many eyewitnesses. However, they also say the criminals left a lot of evidence behind.

Houser Homes, the company responsible for construction on the homes, told police that despite the damage, this incident should not cause too many delays.

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