Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Police investigate possible arrow attack

2 Blaine County vehicles damaged in courthouse parking lot

Express Staff Writer

Hailey police believe that someone peppered two Blaine County vehicles with arrows last week in the parking lot east of the courthouse.

If so, the archer retrieved the arrows but left the vehicles on the morning of June 13 with three arrow tip-size holes and a flat tire. Total damage was estimated at $2,000 to a white 1989 GMC pickup and a white 2006 Dodge Durango SUV.

Both vehicles were formerly used by the Blaine County Sheriff's Office, but neither had license plates or other markings identifying them as police vehicles.

Hailey Lt. Steve England said the vehicles were the only ones in the parking lot at the time of the attack.

"At first it looked like it was from bullets, but the more we looked at it, these aren't bullets," England said. "We believe it's arrows, but we're really not sure.

"We're just treating it as vandalism at this point. We're not treating this as an attack on any agency. We're looking more into did someone leave the courthouse mad that day or the day before."

England said investigation has shown that a high-powered bow or crossbow could easily fire an arrow or bolt that could penetrate a vehicle's exterior.

"We do have a potential lead," he said.

Terry Smith:

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