Criminal mischief case turns messy for police

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK | News-Telegram Managing Editor

Sulphur Springs police were called out Sunday to the messiest case they've had in years — or at least in the past two weeks.

Police were sent to Live Oak Street at 7:44 a.m. after a resident  found someone had vandalized their 2004 Nissan Titan pickup.

But it wasn't the usual case of criminal mischief.

"We got a call that someone had defecated on the hood of their truck," said Sulphur Springs Police Lt. Antwoine Young, searching for a delicate way to describe the offense.

By the time officers arrived, the reporting person had gone down the street and awakened two nearby neighbors whose sport utility vehicles had sustained similar damage, with excrement smeared on a windshield and paint thrown on the side and hood of an SUV.

And whoever did the dirty deed left their soiled undershorts laying on the curb.

�"It's a pretty rotten deal," Young said.

Police believe the vandalism, which occurred after 1 a.m. Sunday, is connected to a similar incident two weeks ago on Peach Street, when someone left fecal matter on a porch, then picked it up with toilet paper and smeared it on a vehicle window.

"We thought it was an isolated incident," Young said. "Now, all of a sudden, we've got two more."

At the same time, Young said, officers can find no connection between the victims, leading them to believe the targets were selected totally at random.

Little property damage was recorded. Officers helped clean up the exterior of the vehicles, including removing the paint, which had not yet dried.

The offenses were filed as misdemeanor criminal mischiefs, which normally wouldn't warrant special attention.

However, Sulphur Springs Police Chief Jim Bayuk said to expect a reward being offered through Hopkins County Crime Stoppers.

�The identities of callers who provide tips to Crime Stoppers remain anonymous, and they cannot be forced to testify in court. Rewards are paid in such a way as to protect their identity. Call Crime Stoppers at 903-885-2020 to report information about the criminal mischief cases, or any other crime.

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