Sheriff Deputies Looking For Gisela Vandals Who Broke Windows


Sheriff deputies continue to look for vandals who broke the windows at two Gisela area homes in the middle of the night two weeks ago.

One of those residents, who had her front window broken two times in the last year, said she is fed up with the damage.

“I would like to see a community block watch set up so that these hoodlums might finally be caught,” said Mary Richey.

On March 17, Richey was asleep in her singlewide trailer, in the 500 block of South Old Meadow Lane, when someone threw several rocks through a window at her home.

It took “two huge rocks to break the window,” Richey said, because she had put Plexiglas in a year earlier when the window was first smashed.

Richey didn’t see who threw the rocks, but she did find a baseball cap left nearby.

Another neighbor, who heard what they thought was a gunshot, called the sheriff’s office around 1:30 a.m.

A deputy responded to the Tonto Creek Shores area with a Tonto Apache Tribe officer for backup.

“When our deputy arrived, he spoke with the victims who had damage that was rocks thrown into a window on a residence and another resident who had a rock thrown at their house and car,” said Lt. Tim Scott with the Gila County Sheriff’s Office.

“The deputy spoke with the victims in both locations and neither one of them saw who threw the rocks. 

The officers located several other people in the area, but they said they had nothing to do with the vandalism.

Because the rocks thrown were porous, Scott said officers could not dust them for fingerprints and subsequently, they did not collect them.

Richey said the deputy who came to her home did not come in to look at the rocks.

“This is the kind of stuff that has been going on for years,” she said of the vandalism, “and I want it to stop.”

Scott said the investigation remains active.

“There was one person who is of interest, which will be followed up on, but currently there are no good, solid suspects,” he said.


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