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Vandals leave path of destruction through Exeter neighborhoods

By Ryan Hughes, Reporter, RHughes@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 29 2013 06:00:00 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 30 2013 06:09:13 PM CST

Police are searching for a group of vandals that left a path of destruction in Exeter Township, Berks Co.

Police are searching for a group of vandals that left a path of destruction in Exeter Twp., Berks Co.

For two months, they have wreaked havoc on homeowners by targeting mailboxes, light fixtures and cars, said police.

Driving around the township, you will find lights leaning on their side, glass broken, mailboxes dented and car mirrors smashed.

Kathy Gettis has been home sick with the flu for the past week. She didn't realize the light at the end of her driveway in Exeter Golf Club Estates was destroyed.

"It's absolutely frightening to think that teenagers or anybody thinks it's ok to destroy somebody else's property," said Gettis, who has lived in her home for 11 years.

The bashing spree started in the beginning of December. Since then, police have reported 59 incidents in the northern part of the township, said police.

Now, investigators are searching for the group behind the destruction.

"A car was stopped on Jan. 21, and four teenagers admitted doing some of the vandalism," said Sgt. Ted Lis, Exeter Township Police Dept.

Many incidents are still unsolved. Police are looking for more people using everything from a baseball bat to a pellet gun.

They've been seen driving a dark color pickup truck with a loud engine, said police.

"People need to keep better tabs on where their kids are," said Lori Gilbert, who lives in the township.

"I just wouldn't think in a neighborhood like this we would have that type of vandalism," said Lisa Rezac, who is worried her home could be vandalized next.

Trash bags are now covering lights, and some mailboxes are strapped on tight.

"It's personal to them, and it's personal to us now too," said Sgt. Lis.

Police are following leads and asking homeowners to let them know if the vandals return.

Anyone with information about the case can call Crime Alert Berks County at 877-373-9913. The crime stoppers group is offering a cash reward of up to $5,000 for an anonymous tip that leads to an arrest.