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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Suspects sought in Wilson Main Street vandalism

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  • A senseless act of vandalism on Main Street has residents upset as city officials look for leads.
    Mayor Frank Schaaf said unidentified suspects broke as many as 15 glass windows in Main Street properties early Saturday morning. The initial estimated damage is $5,000.
    "Some of the windows were pretty big," Schaaf said. "We now have a lot of plywood to look at until they get replaced. It is very aggravating and disappointing."
    Police Chief Felix Hernandez said the incident took place between 1:30 and 2 a.m. An officer was on duty at the time and was patrolling the city when the call came in.
    "It was an anonymous call and the number was blocked," Hernandez said. "Four buildings were affected, two of them were unoccupied."
    Hernandez said a broken off piece of cinder block and beer bottles were used to break the windows. Traffic in Wilson was heavy early Saturday morning because of Relay For Life activities, Hernandez said.
    "It is hard to think someone didn't hear or see something," Hernandez said. "We don't have any leads; nobody has said anything. We have no information whatsoever. We do have feelers out and a reward has been posted."
    Schaaf has offered a $500 reward for information leading to the successful prosecution of those involved in the vandalism.
    "Right now, we don't know if it was tossed from a vehicle or from a pedestrian on foot," Hernandez said. "We are working hard to develop leads at this point. We will work hard to finalize the investigation and bring someone up on charges for prosecution."
    If anyone has information regarding the vandalism, they are requested to call (580) 668-2106 or (580) 668-2136.

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