Police have suspects in Friday night vandalism spree

By Tom Corrigan - [email protected]

As of late Monday afternoon, Portsmouth police had made no arrests, but police Capt. Jason Hedrick said officials have one confession and two suspects in mind in connection with a vandalism spree that saw the destruction of some 23 car windows in the northeast corner of Portsmouth along with locations in New Boston and elsewhere in Scioto County.

Hedrick said the incidents took place late Friday night and into early Saturday morning along High and Summit streets, along with 18th Street and several neighboring roadways. He added a few other broken windows were found in other isolated spots around Portsmouth.

According to Hedrick, the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office obtained a confession from one of the suspects regarding his role in the incident, that role being to drive a car as the windows were apparently shot out with a BB gun. Law enforcement has the name of the second suspect, but he had yet to be interviewed by police, Hedrick said. He described the suspects as males, both 18, of Lucasville. As no arrests had been made at the time he spoke with the Daily Times, Hedrick declined to release the names of the suspects.

Hedrick offered no cost estimate of the damage done by the widespread vandalism. He described the crime as juvenile-style vandalism allegedly done by persons who happen to legally be adults.

On their Facebook page, Portsmouth police say private security cameras may have caught the suspects in the act. The vehicle driven by the suspects was described as a “possibly blue Chevy S 10.” Business owners and residents who have security cameras are being asked to check their feeds to see if their cameras may have captured pictures of those responsible.

Anyone with information, is, of course, encouraged to call the Portsmouth Police Department or 911.

By Tom Corrigan

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