A group of six or eight vandals roamed through streets in lower Murieta North overnight, tossing garden furniture, lawn ornaments, lights and sprinklers into the streets and doing serious damage to a truck parked in a driveway. Security had received five reports of vandalism by midday Friday.
The first report came in at 1:40 a.m. Security patrol, unable to locate the reported six to eight vandals, received calls or found items tossed in the streets on Trinidad, Guadalupe, Lago and Venado drives as well as Lindero and Carreta lanes.
This truck was damaged overnight when a hose was put in the window and turned on. (Photo: Special to RanchoMurieta.com.)
The most serious incident, a felony vandalism, occurred on Carreta, where vandals put a garden hose into the open window of a pickup truck and turned on the water, flooding the truck's cab. That incident has been reported to the sheriff's department, according to Security Sgt. Jim Bieg.
Security said the patrol officer noticed a lot of open garage doors while pursuing the vandals.
"Yet again, remember to shut garage doors," Bieg said. "Make sure cars are locked, with the windows up, and try to do away with the crimes of opportunity."
If you have information about the incidents, call 354-CARE or 354-3743. If you're missing property, stop by the North Gate, where items picked up overnight are being held.