Vandals strike homes, vehicles in Nampa

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Vandals strike homes, vehicles in Nampa

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by KTVB.COM

KTVB.COM

Posted on July 31, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 1 at 8:59 AM

NAMPA -- Nampa Police are investigating eight reports of vandalism and one case of arson that occurred during the early morning hours on Wednesday.

"We received between seven to nine calls during about a four-hour period," said Corporal Tonna Marek, with the Nampa Police Department, "and all the victims advised that they either had windows broken out of their vehicles or windows broken out of their homes."

Investigators believe the crimes occurred between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m., and that some of the victims were not aware of the damage until later. One truck in the 1600 block of S. Heron was set on fire, causing more than $10,000 in damages.

Kevin Miller, the truck's owner, woke up between 2 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. to see five to 10-foot flames shooting above the cab.

"I grabbed my garden hose that's right over here and ran over there and started spraying it out the best that I could," said Miller.

Firefighters arrived on scene and eventually extinguished the fire.

Police said all the acts of vandalism appear to be related since they happened in one area of town in a short span of time. The vandals used blunt objects like baseball bats to break out car windows, rocks to throw through house windows and in three incidents some type of large fireworks or mortar was used.

Destanie Johnson came outside her home on to find the driver's side window of her car smashed.

"Well I was shocked cause I don't know anybody here so I wondered why it would happen," said Johnson, who recently moved to Idaho.

She said she will park her car in the garage from now on.

However, the Villa-Eudave family had more than their car damaged. The vandal (or vandals) threw rocks into the back window of their van and the front window of their house.

"We were like all like scared and were like really surprised by that," said 13-year-old Marina Villa-Eudave.

Nampa Police said they do not have any suspects at this time and are urging the public to check for and report any damage.

Anyone with information about these crimes should call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.

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