The Edmond Sun

March 20, 2013

Police seek suspect ID in cop car vandalism

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Cars belonging to an Edmond Police officer and a Logan County deputy were among those vandalized in recent days, police said.

Jenny Monroe, spokeswoman for the Edmond Police Department, said the agency is investigating three incidents of auto vandalism that have occurred since last Friday night in one particular neighborhood in Edmond.

“An Edmond PD vehicle was spray painted two separate times, along with a Logan County Sheriff Deputy vehicle and several other vehicles belonging to citizens in this neighborhood,” Monroe said.

Monroe said the incident on March 15, which happened shortly before midnight, was called in by a citizen who came home and saw the police car vandalized. The officer heard some laughter outside his house before the call came in to report the vandalism.

Monroe said the incidents on March 17 were called in by a victim who had left a house at 2:30 a.m. and returned at 4:30 a.m. Because of the victim’s information investigators know the vandalism happened during that time frame.

Monroe said the incident on March 19 happened between midnight and 12:30 a.m. An Edmond officer had patrolled the area at midnight and no vandalism was present, she said. A call came into dispatch alerting the department of the vandalism on the patrol car less than 30 minutes later.

Monroe said the suspects used spray paint to draw images of a man’s private parts on several of the vehicles and wrote curse words and other sayings on some of the vehicles.

The Edmond patrol car, a 2012 Dodge Charger, was damaged by black spray paint on the driver side, according to an incident report filed by an unidentified person. The vandalism will cost taxpayers an estimated $500.  

The Logan County Sheriff’s Office vehicle, a 2008 Chevy Tahoe, was spray painted with a curse word and graphic images of a male private part, according to an incident report filed by Police Officer Jason Carroll. The words “(expletive) Edmond” were on the hood. Someone had also damaged it with a BB gun, the report stated.

Victims in the neighborhood were able to remove the spray paint with soap and water.

All of the crimes were committed in the same neighborhood just north of Santa Fe High School and on the same two streets since Friday night, Monroe said. Officers also will be checking to see if any of the homeowners have security systems that may have captured footage of the vandalism, she said.

Monroe asked anyone with information on who committed the vandalism to call the Police Department at 359-4443. | 341-2121, ext. 108