LAYTON, Utah (ABC4 News) – Police are asking for the public’s help tracking down the person(s) responsible for causing thousands of dollars in damage to several homes, businesses, and vehicles in Layton.
The first incident occurred on January 19, 2016, and police have been getting calls over the past 8 days about vandalism at their homes and businesses, about 10 separate incidents so far.
“We found out about the damage on Monday, first thing in the morning,” says Morgan Garner with Barlow’s Realty, “We saw the door was completely taken out and there were three holes in the window,” she said.
Police say the vandals have been targeting buildings near the 400 N Main St block. Over the weekend Home Depot, Heiner’s Insurance and Main St. Service and Sales were hit. Police also say Gordon Ave. between 300 W and 300 E, was also shot; several homes and cars parked along the side of the road were struck.
“Most of those cases have been what looks like shots from a BB gun or a pellet gun, some have been broken with a rock,” said Lt. Travis Lyman with Layton Police.
“Honestly, we just think it’s a couple of punk kids that have nothing to do,” says Garner, “It’s sad people are finding joy destroying people’s property,” she says.
They were able to get the broken glass door fixed on Monday, however, it ended up costing them $2,000. And still, three puncture holes remain in one of the windows.
Just down the street, Kevin Goble’s store was also targeted. One of his U-Hauls’ had its window shot out. Requiring hundreds of dollars in repairs.
Now police are trying to track down those responsible, but at the moment, there are no leads in the case. Which is why they’re asking the public’s help in identifying the perpetrators. They have also been reaching out to local schools to see if anyone there may know anything.
Police say with the high dollar value of the damages, those responsible could face some serious charges.
“That would be a second degree felony,” says Lt. Lyman, “A criminal mischief charge someone could face and potentially a charge, if that’s what it turns out to be, for shooting a gun within city limits,” he added.
If you have any information you’re asked to contact your School Resource Officer or Layton Police at 801-497-8300.