Greenwood police investigate vandalism at homes under construction

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GREENWOOD, Ind - Greenwood police are asking the public for tips on a recent rash of vandalism to several homes that are still under construction.

A site manager for Ryan Homes called police Friday afternoon to report damage to four houses in various stages of construction in the Homecoming at University Park subdivision.  The subdivision is located east of I-65 and south of Main Street.

The houses, located in the 2800 block of Holiday Way, had damage including broken windows and spray paint on the inside and outside of the houses.  Garage doors and vinyl siding had been spray painted.  Windows had been broken out from the outside and inside, and one house had spray paint in the living room.  Police reports listed the total damage at around $2,000.

A Ryan Homes employee said the mess had been cleaned up by the end of the day Friday, and all four future homeowners had been informed of the situation.

Elsewhere in the neighborhood, three residents reported two fences and a car that had been vandalized with spray paint.  One homeowner said the spray paint had been silver, which would seem to match the spray paint used on the homes still being built.

“Hopefully it’s just one instance,” said Greenwood police spokesperson Kortney Burrello.  “And the problem is we have no suspects and no witnesses.”

Burrello said homes that are still under construction can often be easy targets for criminal mischief.  But most of those crimes involve some type of theft, either construction equipment or copper wiring from the homes.

Initially, investigators looked for any possible signs that the vandalism could have been racially motivated because of the large Sikh population in the subdivision.  But the evidence doesn’t seem to point in that direction.

“We don’t believe it to be a hate crime, just for the fact of there was no specific message written involving that community at all,” Burrello said.

“Normally they’ll break in the front door or back door, but breaking of windows normally doesn’t happen because they’re afraid of somebody hearing it,” said Burrello.  “That’s why I think we believe it may be kids involved.”

If juveniles were responsible for the vandalism, Burrello said there’s a good chance they may be bragging to friends about what they did.  Anyone who may have heard the incident mentioned is asked to contact Greenwood police at (317) 882-9191.

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