Weekend vandalism spree in Perry County under investigation

By: Maisie Insko Email
By: Maisie Insko Email

Random acts of vandalism that began late Friday and continued throughout the weekend was the talk of the town Monday morning

"I think it's childish they're giving Hazard and eastern Kentucky a bad name." says Perry County resident, Georgia Feltner.

In addition to the graffiti on multiple signs, sidewalks and houses found all over the county....Police also received reports of major destruction to mailboxes and even cars around the area.

"I'm assuming it's probably going to be in the tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage in regards to the homes and billboards that's been damaged." says Tony Eversole with the Perry County Sheriff's Department.

Even though these acts may have been done in good fun, officials say the consequences for these crimes could be a lot more serious. Deputy Eversole says damaged mailboxes could result in felony charges if the post master wanted to pursue a case.

"It is getting serious and where you see it on the main road, they need to put a stop to it." believes Eulanda Whitaker, a resident of Perry County.

According to police, stopping this spree is their next step.

"What we are going to do is we are going to put some late night unmarked vehicles out and try to beef up patrol that way." adds Eversole.

Which will hopefully result in these vandals being caught before more damage is done.

Chief Deputy Eversole says they are in the process of interviewing people around the area to see if anybody has surveillance of the crimes or at least a description of the car. They are also fingerprinting items that were damaged.

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