Connellsville police arrest 3 for vandalism incidents
Connellsville police arrested three individuals after multiple incidents of vandalism occurred overnight on the city's south side earlier this week.
Between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. Tuesday, from the north end to the south side, police reported that vehicles' windows were smashed, yard ornaments were damaged, a garden hose was stretched across Pittsburgh Street and rocks were thrown at houses.
“We are making arrests,” said Capt. Steven Shaffer with the Connellsville Police Department.
Police arrested an 18-year-old man and two juveniles with more arrests on the way, stemming from the multiple incidents of vandalism and criminal mischief against multiple victims, they said.
Anyone who has been the victim of criminal mischief or thefts is asked to come forward.
“We're looking for other damage,” Shaffer said. “Even the little things.”
Shaffer said every person who comes forward to claim damage or theft is another charge against those who committed the crimes, which means it could keep them off the street longer.
“If you have any damages, please, please call the police,” Shaffer said, adding that charges can be filed against someone who even attempted and failed to damage private property.
Shaffer also wants residents to call if they hear or see anything suspicious in the area.
He said people don't need to leave their name, but provide enough information so the police can target that area, catch those criminals in the act and make an arrest.
He said anything as simple as a car getting egged or hearing children laughing and running about in the early morning hours could lead to an arrest that saves someone's property from being damaged or stolen.
Once Shaffer gets estimates from the items that were damaged or stolen, he will file charges against those who are responsible, he said.
Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or email@example.com.
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