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At least seven vehicles vandalized in west Durango

Police asking residents to review doorbell camera footage for possible evidence
At least seven vehicles were vandalized by large rocks Saturday night or Sunday morning in the 2100 blocks of West Second and West Third avenues in Durango. (Shane Benjamin/Durango Herald)

At least seven cars were vandalized last weekend in west Durango by one or more people throwing rocks through windshields, according to the Durango Police Department.

Some of the vehicles had broken windshields and others had broken rear glass windows, Durango police Cmdr. Deck Shaline said in an email to The Durango Herald.

The vandalism occurred Saturday night or early Sunday in the 2100 blocks of West Second and West Third avenues.

One of the vehicles, a Nissan Maxima, was parked in the 2100 block of East Third Avenue. A 10- to 15-pound river rock lay on the hood of the car Tuesday – three days after the vandalism.

The owner, who identified himself only as Jared, said he returned home from a short vacation to find the damage.

“I left the rock there because I’ve been watching people walk by and take photos,” he said.

He estimated it will cost about $300 to fix the windshield.

He said he is trying to keep a positive attitude.

“My thing was, ‘Look how old this stupid little car is. Smash a nice new car,’” he said, joking. “... I’m glad it wasn’t just ours, that way I don’t feel like I was targeted.”

A photo posted on the social media website Nextdoor showed a beige cinder block commonly used in landscaping resting on the hood of a car with a broken windshield.

Police are asking residents in the area with doorbell cameras that face the street to review videos from Saturday night for any suspicious footage.

Anyone who may have been vandalized or has access to potential video evidence is asked to contact Officer Alex Robinson at 764-7039.


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