Police investigating vandalism at local businesses
By Chad Abshire
RAWLINS — Shattered glass and apparent bullet holes were found in a pair of local businesses Monday, leaving business owners frustrated and police looking for the person responsible.
Rawlins Chief of Police Troy Palmer said his department was investigating reports from Union Wireless, 2300 W. Spruce St., and Rawlins Radio, 2346 W. Spruce St., that a person had apparently damaged their front glass doors with a BB gun.
As of Tuesday morning, Palmer said police had no suspects and was asking the community for assistance.
“If the public has seen anything, let us know,” Palmer said. “Like BB guns in the downtown area.”
While Rawlins isn’t home to a load of vandalism, damaged business windows aren’t unheard of. In fact, a person accused of blasting out windows at Motel 7 on three separate occasions was arrested Thursday.
Kenneth Hunter, 56, of Powell, was booked into the Carbon County Jail Thursday and faced a felony charge of property destruction and defacement. He was not immediately suspected given that he was still incarcerated at the time the vandalism occurred, between late Sunday night and early Monday morning.
However, Hunter was released from jail on bond sometime Monday.
Hunter is accused of destroying windows at Motel 7 on April 30, May 14 and May 19. As the cost of the damage was over $1,000, the alleged crime is charged as a felony.
“Usually we don’t see this type of activity,” Palmer said of vandalism. “This amount at least. It does kind of seem out of place.”
He said it was “disappointing” to see it happening.
“It always seems to happen this time of year,” he said. “I think its because of the nicer weather, people getting out and doing things they wouldn’t normally do,” he said. “And it’s disconcerting that they don’t have respect for their fellow community members — that they can just destroy things without repercussions.”