Lafayette police still working to crack vandalism case

After hundreds of vandalism reports in Lafayette from December to February, police still have yet to find a suspect. (WLFI Photo)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — After hundreds of vandalism reports in Lafayette from December to February, police still have yet to find a suspect or suspects.

For almost three months, Officer Kevin Cooney with the Lafayette Police Department has been trying to crack a rash of vandalism in the city. He said he has spent hours of his time off work trying to solve the case.

Cooney said police took more than 200 reports of vandalism from December to February. Investigators believe more than 100 could be related.

“One hundred-sixty of those fell into the criteria of what we were looking at as far as a trend,” Cooney said.

The damage was mostly broken car and home windows. They were shattered by ceramic balls used in sling shots and BB guns.

Cooney said the damage ended up to be costly.

“Some of these damages have been to big business windows, which are a lot more expensive,” he said. “If we have over a 100, at that average, it could be over a couple hundred thousand dollars in damage.”

Police still have no person, or persons, of interest in the case.

But Cooney does have one inkling. He said the trend started right around when local schools were out for winter break. Now that students are out once again for spring break, he said officers are keeping their eyes open.

“We were able to map out where all of these reports came from, so we can sort of see a trend in general areas where these tend to happen,” he said. “That can give us that situational awareness of where we need to be.”

As of now, there have been no reports of vandalism during spring break. But police do encourage the community to look out for anything suspicious.

If anyone has any information regarding the winter break vandalism, call the Lafayette Police Department at 765-807-1200 or use the anonymous WeTip Hotline at 800-78-CRIME.