A Safford police officer on patrol last Monday at approximately 1:51 a.m., came upon a vehicle that had been left at the side of the road on Discovery Park Boulevard. The 1997 gray Mitsubishi had a broken windshield and passenger side window. All four tires were flat. Another officer arrived on the scene and said that the vehicle had been parked there for several hours. The officer had passed by the vehicle at about midnight and said that there was no damage to the vehicle at that time. The officers found several large rocks near the driver’s side of the car. The rocks were apparently used to smash the windows. The glass did not completely break away and it did not appear that the perpetrator had entered the vehicle.
An officer made contact with the owner of the car and told him about the damage. The owner said that he had parked the car at that location at about 10:30 p.m. because he was having mechanical issues. He was planning to return the next day to fix it.
The man said that the vehicle was not damaged when he parked it. He said that he did not have the means to get the vehicle that night, but asked the officer not to tow the vehicle. He told the officer that he was in a custody battle with his ex-wife and said that he suspected that she might have damaged his vehicle.