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Reward upped in $500,000 construction vandalism

Post by News Tribune Staff on June 5, 2008 at 2:38 pm with No Comments »
June 5, 2008 2:38 pm

The reward in a $500,000 construction vandalism from last month has been upped to $5,000, Crime Stoppers announced today.

Here’s Stacey’s original story:

Deputies were searching Monday for vandals who carried out a major smash-and-destroy project over the weekend, causing upward of $500,000 damage to heavy-duty construction equipment.

Investigators didn’t know the vandals’ intent but were looking into whether the construction equipment was intentionally targeted.

“That’s a lot of vandalism,” Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said. “Somebody had to know how to run and start and operate all of these things.”

The machinery was parked at a commercial construction site in the 3800 block of 200th Street East in the Frederickson area.

Sometime between noon Saturday and 8:30 p.m. Sunday, vandals rammed the trucks and excavators into each other, smashing the engines. They also used an excavator to dig a hole in an attempt to bury a dump truck. The destruction was discovered by an employee Sunday night and reported to Pierce County sheriff’s deputies.

Troyer said the vandals left no spray-painted messages behind. Forensic specialists went to the scene to collect evidence from the damaged machines.

Investigators were looking for anyone who might have heard the destruction over the weekend or who knows who was involved.

Stacey Mulick: 253-597-8268

Reward offered

What: Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to arrests and charges filed in the vandalism of construction equipment in the Frederickson area.

Call: Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959. Callers may remain anonymous.

Property crimes
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