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UPDATED: Liberty on the Lakes Residents on the Lookout following Vandalism Spree

Stillwater Police are investigating a number of vandalism incidents that occurred late Sunday night into Monday morning in the Liberty on the Lake neighborhood.

Residents of Liberty on the Lake in Stillwater are on the lookout for vandals after a number of vehicles were damaged over the weekend.

There were eight incidents in the Liberty development involving an attempted burglary, criminal damage to property, a garage burglary/motor vehicle tampering and five property-damage cases where tires were slashed and some of the cars were entered, but nothing was taken.

“These issues together with previous incidents including extreme ding dong ditch, seemingly countless eggings, car break-ins, a window that was shot at, etc., are cause for serious concern,” neighborhood association president Todd Remely sent in an email to residents that was posted on KSTP. “Things have gotten out of control and there does not appear to be an end in sight.”

There were also two theft-from-motor-vehicle cases in the area of the Cottages and two garage burglaries/theft-from-motor-vehicle cases on the North Hill, Stillwater Police Sgt. Jeff Stender said.

All of the incidents occurred sometime late Sunday night into the early-morning hours of Monday, Sept. 10. 

“We are looking into these cases as a pattern of criminal activity, which may or may not have been done by the same person(s),” Stender said.

Three people were stopped in the area early Monday morning at about 3:45 a.m., but police found no evidence to connect them to anything at that time, Stender said.

“I would consider those individuals suspects,” he said, “and we are looking for them for further questioning.”

When incidents like this occur, the message from police is always the same: keep your cars locked and valuable out of sight; close your garage doors and lock your doors and windows; and call the 911 immediately, if you see someone suspicious in your neighborhood. 

UPDATED FROM 6:02 p.m. Tuesday

Residents of Liberty on the Lake in Stillwater are on the lookout for vandals after a number of vehicles were damaged over the weekend, KSTP is reporting.

A number of incidents occurred late Sunday night into Monday morning, and according to the KSTP report, damages range from a shattered car window and slashed car tires to broken car mirrors and interior of vehicles that was cut open.

The incidents were reported near Heritage Square and along Liberty Parkway.

“These issues together with previous incidents including extreme ding dong ditch, seemingly countless eggings, car break-ins, a window that was shot at, etc., are cause for serious concern,” neighborhood association president Todd Remely sent in an email to residents that was posted on KSTP. “Things have gotten out of control and there does not appear to be an end in sight.”

The neighborhood association is asking residents to keep their front porch lights on, lock vehicles, homes and garage doors, watch out for one another and report all suspicious activity to police immediately.

Check back for updates on this post.

Alex Mundy September 12, 2012 at 01:43 PM
I'm all for catching and punishing the miscreants that did this. But you have to admit, "extreme ding dong ditch" makes you smile. Just for a second.
Susan September 12, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Haha, what is the difference between extreme and regular ding dong ditch?
Alex Mundy September 12, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Extreme ding dong ditch is fueled by Mountain Dew. They should check surveillance tapes at Kwik Trip.
Susan September 12, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Mountain Dew? That's for toddlers, energy drinks are to blame! I've been through the neighborhood a few times, but am not that familiar with it (other than the very narrow streets). Do they have a lot of street lights or are those minimalist as well?
Stephanie September 12, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Bob, I know the situation is serious, but yes, I had to chuckle at "extreme ding dong ditch." Brought to you by Red Bull!
Matt September 12, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Sounds like "White People Problems" to me... http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/white-people-problems/1377399
Carbon Bigfuut September 12, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Matt, do you have a problem with the residents of that area?
Matt September 12, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Come on. We all have friends in that neighborhood. But using the term "severe ding dong ditch" is, well, funny; as noted by other commenters in this thread. And guess what? If this is the crime we have to deal with in Stillwater, we have it pretty darn good. Lighten up. From my youth, I recall that ding-dong-ditching and egging generally involves the teenagers and/or friends of the teenagers of the neighborhood in which it is occurring. Maybe the focus should be there.
Randy Marsh September 12, 2012 at 05:27 PM
I blame the pansy liberals.
Cheri Bell September 12, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Yes, at times youths act up/act out. But slashing tires and interiors, and ripping off mirrors sounds like some serious damage to me. These kids need to be caught and pay the price in order that they might learn a lesson. To damage our community and the people in it is never good.
Matt September 12, 2012 at 05:33 PM
OK, so maybe Mr. Remely can document those items instead of "severe ding dong ditching." My point is his summary of the situation is diminished by the use of phrases like "serious ding dong ditching". Normal people who didn't grow up in an idyllic town laugh out loud when they see that in print. At the end of the day, you have hoodlums; even in Liberty on the Lake.
Patches O'Houlihan September 12, 2012 at 07:05 PM
I'm fortunate....I've only been mildly ding dong ditched, so I don't claim to know what those folks are going through... ;) Seriously, the culprits are probably bored kids who live nearby, but it's unnerving when someone enters your space and steals stuff. It makes you wonder what would have happened if you stumbled upon them in the act or what they will do next when the thrill of breaking things subsides. Hopefully this gets stopped quickly before someone gets hurt.
Randy Marsh September 12, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Todd Remely = Corky St. Claire
Susan September 12, 2012 at 07:19 PM
I agree, when costs are involved (even if it is only an insurance deductible) this is no longer harmless teenage pranks - or adult, if that is the case. But I am still laughing about ding dong ditch....great childhood memories...
Matt September 12, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Randy, that is kinda mean, but... classic.
Irving September 13, 2012 at 12:32 PM
I lived in Minneapolis for 16 years, and we did all the things the neighborhood association is recommending (locking doors, closing windows, leaving on lots of lights, etc...), and the crime rate never lessened. My guess is that the paranoia of being always vigilant influenced residents to become afraid of being out of doors, leaving the out of doors to less savory types. Being suspicious of your people in your neighborhood can't help but build resentments as well. I think Cheri Bell has the right solution in her last comment above.

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