Minster Probing Vandalism

MINSTER — The Minster Police Department is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads an arrest related to a string of vandalism throughout the village.

Officers are investigating a slew of incidents that have taken place during the past several months in Minster. Minster Police Chief Randy Houseworth said officers have taken numerous complaints from residents regarding tires flattened by roofing nails that were left on the driveways and streets. It appears, Houseworth noted, that several village and school employees have been targets.

“We tend to believe these are taking place at night,” Houseworth told The Evening Leader.

In addition to the nails, paint has been poured on brick work recently completed as part of the village’s Fourth Street project. The acts have caused thousands of dollars in damage to both public and private property.

“The public is a huge help to us because these crimes occur so quickly that unless you are in the exact place at the exact time, it’s very difficult,” Houseworth said. “Having those extra sets of eyes out there looking and watching will help. If you see anything, call us when you do — don’t wait a few days later to call us with that information. That could be the information that helps solve these crimes.”

While it’s not an absolute, Houseworth said there is reason to believe the acts are related. He noted that crimes could reach felony status, which could mean up to a year in prison and a $2,500 fine for each count. Restitution also could be ordered in each case.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Minster Police Department at 419-628-2378.