Friday, November 3, 2006

Halloween vandals target Hailey

Spray paint and toilet paper the tools of choice

Express Staff Writer

Halloween vandals chose Hailey as the place to vent their mischief Tuesday night, using spray paint and toilet paper as the tools of choice.

An estimated $4,000 in damage was caused by blue, red and yellow spray paint applied to two businesses, two homes and one van along Main Street in the northeast part of the city, said Hailey Police Chief Brian McNary. The businesses hit were Golden Elk Espresso and Bakery and the Mini-Mart.

McNary said the painting seemed to be done randomly, most likely by youngsters.

"They wrote smiley faces. They wrote the word 'was' and the initials 'SD' and 'LA'," said McNary, adding that he's unsure of the significance of the letters but that he and his officers are searching for the culprits.

Farther to the east, pranksters had a field day with toilet paper along Buckskin and Deerfield drives.

"I'm guessing they toilet-papered five or six trees," McNary said. "They didn't do it sparingly. They did a thorough job.

"We don't have any suspects in the toilet-papering," he said. "I guess it would be littering, but we've never been able to bring anybody to justice for it."

Elsewhere in the Wood River Valley, Halloween night was mostly uneventful for law enforcement officials.

"We lucked out. We didn't get any of that," said Bellevue Marshal Tim Green.

"We had no vandalism," said Sun Valley Police Chief Cameron Daggett.

"There was a couple of TP's in west Ketchum, and that was it," said Ketchum Police Department spokeswoman Kim Rogers.

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