June 25, 2016

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Vandals strike four cars, garages in Brunswick

BRUNSWICK — Four cars were broken into and three garage doors damaged in Brunswick over the weekend.

Brunswick police Sgt. Sam Millam said the culprits appear to be teenage vandals and not thieves.

Three broken car windows were reported Saturday afternoon and evening and a fourth on Sunday. Only one victim reported anything stolen from inside a vehicle.

“The individual or individuals responsible are probably bored kids with nothing else to do, but because the locations are all over, they’re probably mobile,” Millam said.

Millam also speculated that the damage to garages was the work of vandals rather than a break-in attempt.

Three homeowners in a neighborhood just southeast of the Pearl and Laurel roads sustained damage to their garage doors, which police suspect was caused by a vehicles backing into the doors.

According to Brunswick Police reports, the first call came 10:13 p.m. Saturday from a resident in the 4200 block of Sterling Station. A man told police he heard a loud noise and saw a Buick LaSabre backing out of his neighbor’s driveway. When he went over the home, he saw the garage door had been damaged.

The second call came minutes later at 10:19 p.m. from a resident several blocks north of Sterling Station in the 1800 block of Mary Ellen Drive. A homeowner reported hearing a loud noise and went outside and saw a car speeding away and damage to the garage door.

On Sunday, a resident in the 4200 block of Arlington Drive called police at 7:38 a.m. to report similar damage to his garage door.

First reported damage to a car — a driver’s side window smashed — was at 4:34 p.m. Saturday. The vehicle was parked in the 3100 block of Center Road.

Less than a half-hour later, police received another report of similar damage to a vehicle parked and about a half-mile away in the 3300 block of Center Road.

Nothing was reported stolen from either car.

At 6:06 p.m., a woman, whose car was parked on a lot in the 1600 block of Pearl Road, reported her driver’s side window broken and a purse containing cash and credit cards stolen.

The fourth report of car damage was a car parked in a driveway in the 3700 block of Selma Lane. No items were reported stolen there.

Millam asked anyone with information to call the Brunswick police at (330) 721-4063.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.

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Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.