Vandals cause damage at more than 30 Racine County homes

CREATED Jul 14, 2014

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RACINE - What may seem like relatively minor, small town pranks have become such a big problem that the Racine County Sheriff's Department is putting the community on alert.

Deputies took reports in Rochester and Waterford on approximately three dozen vandalism cases in recent days. 
 
Homeowners found damage to mailboxes, lighting fixtures, lawn decorations and vehicles.
 
At Ron Chimka and Becky Piper’s house, someone threw the neighbor’s bird feeder on their roof.
 
“I don’t think it’s funny," Chimka said.  “Right after school lets out, you can almost bet two weeks later, some kids are going to come out marauding the neighborhood, throw rocks at your car, vandalize your house, spray paint.  You name it.”
 
Vandals who may think no one cares now have the attention of the Racine County Sheriff’s Department.
 
“In situations like this, as they progress, people don’t feel safe," said Lt. Dan Adams.  “Juveniles may be involved in this thinking it’s a harmless activity, but as we've seen, it’s not.  It’s creating quite a problem in the community.”
 
The crimes are occurring in the late night and early morning hours.
 
Anyone with information on the vandalism is asked to call the Racine County Sheriff's Department at 262-636-3225.