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By Jacque Ritchie
TALON 

VANDALS CAUSE CONCERN

 

November 16, 2018

Vandals Cause Concern by Jacque Ritchie, TALON Recently, the quiet of the Aztec evening was shattered by suspected rock-throwing vandals causing criminal damage to at least two properties. According to an APD report; on or around Thursday evening, November 8, an unknown person or persons smashed the glass entrance door on the southeast side of the First Baptist Church at 700 Navajo Street. "It appears somebody threw rocks but the rocks we found were too small, so we suspect they may have kicked it in to finish the job," said church Administrative Assistant Rachel Nichols. APD Officer Brian Johnston responded to the scene at around 9:00 a.m. on November 9 and found no physical evidence and could not, "determine what was used to break the window." Further investigation revealed the suspect(s) apparently did not enter the building. Despite recent violence targeting places of worship and public venues around the country, Nichols did not view the incident as a serious security threat, "We have people around here that keep a pretty good eye on things... we may consider upping the security around the doors and parking area." If any suspects are caught Nichols said she wouldn't want the alleged vandals to be incarcerated, "No, I wouldn't want that, I would want to bring them to church, they need to find Jesus." Property damage at the First Baptist Church is estmated to be $350. "Why would you want to vandalize your own home? This is where you live!" Asked an irrate local business owner in a recent phone interview with TALON. According to a November 13, APD report, a local business owner reported that she suspected her lighted sign had been purposely damaged by a rock in the evening hours of November 7, "This was not a rock kicked-up by a semi, it was as big as a baseball!" The business owner who wished to remain anonymous stated, "I don't want to put them in jail, that won't do any good...If I catch them I will give them a good paddling and they will have to scrub sidewalks for a week!" The business owner estimates the sign will cost $500 to repair saying that although she is insured her, "deductable is $1000" so she will have to pay for the repair out-of-pocket. APD reports that currently there are no suspects and the cases remain open. Anyone with information regarding either case is encouraged to contact Aztec Police Department. Suspected vandals shattered the glass door of the First Baptist Church. Photo provided by church staff

Vandals Cause Concern

by Jacque Ritchie, TALON

Recently, the quiet of the Aztec evening was shattered by suspected rock-throwing vandals causing criminal damage to at least two properties. According to an APD report; on or around Thursday evening, November 8, an unknown person or persons smashed the glass entrance door on the southeast side of the First Baptist Church at 700 Navajo Street. "It appears somebody threw rocks but the rocks we found were too small, so we suspect they may have kicked it in to finish the job," said church Administrative Assistant Rachel Nichols. APD Officer Brian Johnston responded to the scene at around 9:00 a.m. on November 9 and found no physical evidence and could not, "determine what was used to break the window." Further investigation revealed the suspect(s) apparently did not enter the building. Despite recent violence targeting places of worship and public venues around the country, Nichols did not view the incident as a serious security threat, "We have people around here that keep a pretty good eye on things... we may consider upping the security around the doors and parking area." If any suspects are caught Nichols said she wouldn't want the alleged vandals to be incarcerated, "No, I wouldn't want that, I would want to bring them to church, they need to find Jesus." Property damage at the First Baptist Church is estmated to be $350.

"Why would you want to vandalize your own home? This is where you live!" Asked an irrate local business owner in a recent phone interview with TALON. According to a November 13, APD report, a local business owner reported that she suspected her lighted sign had been purposely damaged by a rock in the evening hours of November 7, "This was not a rock kicked-up by a semi, it was as big as a baseball!" The business owner who wished to remain anonymous stated, "I don't want to put them in jail, that won't do any good...If I catch them I will give them a good paddling and they will have to scrub sidewalks for a week!" The business owner estimates the sign will cost $500 to repair saying that although she is insured her, "deductable is $1000" so she will have to pay for the repair out-of-pocket. APD reports that currently there are no suspects and the cases remain open. Anyone with information regarding either case is encouraged to contact Aztec Police Department.

 

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