Vandals destroyed much of the landscaped yard of a home on Marseille Boulevard in Winchester overnight.
Homeowner Ben Palmerton said he was awake when the vandals struck but did not hear what was going on outside as he was playing his banjo and had the home's air conditioning system running. Palmerton made the discovery at about 1:00 a.m. when he went to the front door to ensure it was locked prior to going to bed.
The vandals tore up all of the Palmerton's flowers and shrubs and even knocked down a tree in the front yard. They also took two large rocking chairs off the front porch and set them behind a vacant home next door.
The Palmerton's believe they are being targeted by the vandals as they have experienced other incidences in the past. They say their mailbox was knocked over and their home had eggs thrown on it last year.
The couple lives next door to a vacant home with a bit of a troubled history but Palmerton did not want to assume that anyone who once lived there could be involved in the vandalism at his home.
Palmerton says he's happy neither he nor his wife were hurt but remains cautious about just how far the vandals are willing to go.
He says he hopes authorities catch up with the vandals soon and has an idea for an appropriate punishment.
"I hope they catch them and I hope their sentence involves a lot of landscaping," Palmerton said.
The Clark County Sheriff's office is investigating the crime and the Palmerton's say they intend to offer a reward for any information leading to the arrest of the suspect(s).