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Property damaged by paintballs in Sugar Grove

Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 6:17 p.m. CST

SUGAR GROVE – A house and two vehicles in Sugar Grove were damaged by paintballs last month, leading police to ask at least one victim to contact authorities if she hears or sees anything suspicious, according to Sugar Grove police reports.

Police first discovered the vandalism when responding to a damaged mailbox complaint in the 700 block of Brighton Drive on June 15.

The residents reportedly told police they heard and saw four to five young teenage boys behind their house in a common area between several homes at about 3:15 a.m.

They didn't feel it was important to call police, police said. Later that morning, they reportedly saw their mailbox was damaged, as well as their neighbor's.

Police reported a vehicle, also in the 700 block of Brighton Drive, was vandalized by paintballs. The owners reportedly told police they heard kids' voices at about 3:15 a.m. and went back to bed after checking on their son.

Two days later, police reportedly responded to the 700 block of Merrill New Road for a house and vehicle hit by paintballs overnight.

Police reportedly told the resident that the department had taken several reports of similar vandalism since summer vacation started and asked her to notify police of suspicious activity.

"We are trying to patrol the neighborhood as much as possible, but we'll need the public's help in trying to catch those responsible for this act," police reported telling the resident.

Chief Pat Rollins said Tuesday the vandalism since has decreased.

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