Vehicle vandalism on the rise

SAFFORD – On Sunday evening around 7:30 pm, an officer was dispatched to a business on Thatcher Boulevard regarding criminal damage. Upon arrival, the officer made contact with the victim who showed the officer the rear window of the vehicle that had been broken while they were in the movie theatre. The victim reported going into the theatre around 4:00 pm and exiting around 7:00 pm. The victim did not know who broke the window.

The victim reported that they left their purse inside the vehicle on the floorboards that was visible through the window, but nothing seemed to be taken from the purse or from inside the vehicle.

On April 18, 2019 police were dispatched to the area of 8th Street and 14th Avenue in reference to a report of criminal damage to a vehicle. The victim showed police their vehicle that had a rock thrown through the passenger side rear window. The rock was still lying on the back seat. The victim said that she parked her car on the side of the road to attend a gymnastics conference. When she came back to her car she found the damage. The victim could not think of anybody she had issues with or who may have wanted to cause the damage. There was nothing missing from the vehicle.

On April 27, 2019, police were dispatched to the Center for the Arts at Safford High School. A woman told authorities that as she left the auditorium and approached her vehicle – which was parked curbside on 14th Avenue – she noticed a large tumbleweed sitting next to her car. When she moved the tumbleweed she discovered that the back passenger side window had been shattered and her purse had been taken from inside the vehicle. The purse apparently contained several hundred dollars in cash and checks as well as credit cards.