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Brazil experiencing vandalism spree

Friday, August 28, 2009

The red section on this map indicates where the majority of recent acts of vandalism have centralized in the City of Brazil. The area ranges from W. Hendrix Street south to W. Blaine Street, and State Road 59 west to N. Colfax Street.
* Vandals damage vehicles, one stolen

Officials urge Brazil residents to be on the alert for suspicious activity in their neighborhoods due to recent mischief, vandalism, theft and property damage.

While an issue in every community, the Brazil City Police Department has responded to numerous vandalism/criminal mischief reports by elusive suspects around the city this summer. However, early Friday morning, at least one BCPD patrolman got close enough to hear the perpetrators.

"Our officers could hear someone breaking glass," BCPD Chief Dave Archer told The Brazil Times. "But they were unable to locate the suspects."

As a result of the early morning mischief, victims living in a radius from Colfax Street east to State Road 59 and from Hendrix Street south to Blaine Street reported their homes damaged, vehicle windows broken out and tires slashed.

Although details about the investigation were limited as of press time, Archer confirmed a vehicle was also stolen sometime overnight from a residence located in the 1300 block of North Meridian Street.

Vandalism is mischievous acts -- like soaping windows or toilet papering a house -- that do not cause damage, while acts that cause property damage -- such as spray painting vehicles, breaking windows or smashing mailboxes -- are classified as criminal mischief.

A charge of criminal trespass may also be filed if a person commits either vandalism or criminal mischief on the property of the victim, and theft can be charged if a suspect takes personal property during the act.

Although law enforcement officers patrol the streets nightly, officials know their presence will not stop a person who is determined to commit a criminal act.

"People need to be aware of their surroundings," Archer said. "It would be great to have an officer posted on every city street, but we can't. That's where the public can be our eyes and ears."

Many people walk around the city for various reasons, but the police chief said not everyone walking around at night is up to no good.

"If someone's walking down the alley, that doesn't necessarily need reported. But, if they're hiding in the bushes, avoiding lighted areas, looking in windows or inside cars that is suspicious and should be reported," Archer said, adding minor vandalism acts should also be reported. "We still like to know what is happening in the area. The information could prove valuable in another case."

To report suspicious activity or make vandalism/criminal mischief report in Brazil city limits, contact the Brazil City Police Department at 446-2211. County residents need to contact the Clay County Sheriff's Department at 446-2535.

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I drove to North Meridian Street tonight around

5PM and on the block of the Meridian Street School

there was approximately 15 boys ranging in age

from 12 to 18 with skateboards and some were smoking and standing around laughing and one man

around 18 was sitting on the curb smoking and

just stared at me when I was driving by. The man

had to be on some kind of drug, his eyes were hollow looking and he was strange. Also the big

grey house across from the school where the teachers park, is a hang out from time to time.

Has anyone else noticed?

-- Posted by busymomandstudent on Sat, Aug 29, 2009, at 8:56 PM

Many of the young people walking around the town after dark are school aged children, my only real question is "Where are there parents?" We have school aged kids at home, and YES we are involved and know where they are at. When these young people get caught (as they do), I would like to see their parents held accountable as well.

-- Posted by sorry on Sun, Aug 30, 2009, at 6:46 AM

As a previous resident of 1002 N Meridian I'm appalled. If this horrendous activity continues I will have to return and knock some heads together. This is not the "Brazil" I knew and loved.

-- Posted by larryo on Sun, Aug 30, 2009, at 3:08 PM

sorry ,

for the answere to ur question ... They don't care.

and about cops patroling in the area nightly. I was playing with our kids and the area kids 6pm til 11pm at the time we went inside for the night and I saw No cops drive on washington st.I no maybe they were in unmarked cars.

In the childrens defense , here isn't much for the children to do, mischief, vandalism, theft and property damage is NOT the answer.

-- Posted by Sand mann on Mon, Aug 31, 2009, at 7:26 AM

Oh I hate to hear this. Being a former Brazil resident and my family still live there, this scares me. They don't live in that area, but nevertheless, any type of vandalism or kids randomly out late at night is always a concern.

As for not much to do.....give me a break! FIND SOMETHING "GOOD" TO DO! Vandalism, damage to other people's property or any kind of mischief is definitely NOT THE ANSWER! It only gets worse it seems. Boredom has never been a word in my vocabulary....so get on with your life to something that HELPS others and yourself.

-- Posted by JaniLou on Mon, Aug 31, 2009, at 7:59 AM

JaniLou ,

being a former Brazil resident explain besides sports and school activies which are limited, What is there to do for children?since you protray to have been a model kid.

my comment was also" In the childrens defense , here isn't much for the children to do, mischief, vandalism, theft and property damage is NOT the answer."

-- Posted by Sand mann on Mon, Aug 31, 2009, at 9:12 AM

This kind of behavior turns my stomach! They busted out the windows of my mother's car. She is 69 years old! That is just mean! Perhaps someone needs to find all of these poor bored kids and put them to work raking leaves or just doing something nice for others. WHERE ARE THE PARENTS!

-- Posted by dana67 on Mon, Aug 31, 2009, at 3:49 PM


that would be nice but then some bleeding heart would cry child labor.

I caught one and they went to court. $2000.00 damage they paid $10.00 a month. I wish they could of mowed my grass and weeded by hand.I could have found work for them around my yard, I have rock to move.

-- Posted by Sand mann on Mon, Aug 31, 2009, at 5:00 PM

We haven't had problems since I chased one of them down the alley last summer. However this has been a problem in this neighborhood the past 3 summers and it needs to be addressed. Since our police department is understaffed and budget is probably tight for overtime, we need to step up and take the matters into our own hands. We need a Neighborhood watch program started up. I know this region has a lot of elders that wouldn't be able to do much on the street, but there are plenty of us that can. Lets stand up and fight this crime.

-- Posted by Posiedon on Mon, Aug 31, 2009, at 5:09 PM

I really think they should make the pay back the damage & do some labor (yard work etc. of the home owners choice) when there caught maybe then they would think about it. Also at the same time I wish there was something in this county for the kids. Not all kids can afford to play school sports.

-- Posted by confused33 on Mon, Aug 31, 2009, at 6:02 PM

something really needs to be done about this. cant we get together some neighborhood watches or something. the punishment is not enough when they are being caught. I think they need to do work n fix up neighborhoods they help destroy!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by singlemomof2 on Tue, Sep 1, 2009, at 9:03 PM

It's sad to say but the kids that are out there doing this are far from being able to be rehabilitated. They are going to do what they want when they want and I don't think anything is going to stop them. Make them pay fines? No more like the parents pay the fines. Thats like trying to squeeze blood out of a turnip! If the parents don't care about what there kids are out there doing walking the streets you think they are going to care about penalties?

-- Posted by Reader11 on Wed, Sep 2, 2009, at 12:29 PM

As a former resident, and with a sister who

likewise grew-up in Brazil, we would support the "Block Watch/Neighborhood Watch Program.."

In a less 'organized' situation, almost 50 years ago, I can recall that several students

(junior high?)"ratted" or told on some "Senior High" boys [in the county] that had started doing some vandalism around Halloween.., and then just continued. When some of the parents (or at least "Dads"), went to talk with the "vandals parents", about 80% of the problem was "fixed." The final 20% was "handled" in less than a month,

and some of the "young men", I believe spent time at the "Boys School". We believe it is STILL the responsibility of those people who are 'effected'

to, within law, handle problems that face them directly.., and not, " leave it to somebody else to do something.."

-- Posted by Brazil Jim on Wed, Sep 2, 2009, at 5:09 PM

I grew up in Brazil and thought that there was always plenty to do. I think its more of a stupid parent problem. I remember every day after school my buddies and I were hitting fishing holes or up in a tree stand. Im 27 years old and still have no idea what the heck these kids are thinking to destroy something that someone worked hard for. The bad thing is they are just going to get worse. Soon small vandalizing will lead to big stuff, then cars getting stolen. Hopefully none of these punks get shot. I know if they did that in AZ you have the right to stop a felony. 2,000 dollars worth of damage to your property is border line. I would be pretty mad catching someone doing that, I am scared to think what I might of done.

-- Posted by The Crabb in AZ on Wed, Sep 2, 2009, at 10:33 PM

Brazil Jim ,

I think you are right to handle the problem but it's not like it use to be. When I was growing up , if you did something stupid at a friends etc. you got your a** beat by them and when you got home you better give your heart to God coz' your but was my parents.

now with all the so called child abuse smacking your childs but is border line ,let alone someone elses kid. even knowing that is what they need . the kids know this too.the schools, cops breed RATHOOD. don't let me get started with schools.Joke! let the court handle it and they are bleeding hearts also. go back to Hard labor, maybe they will be to tired to tear stuff up.

-- Posted by Sand mann on Thu, Sep 3, 2009, at 7:15 AM

How did some get so "off subject"!The article states:Although law enforcement officers patrol the streets nightly, officials know their presence will not stop a person who is determined to commit a criminal act. No where have I seen any statement that says the police think kids are believed to blame. Reading on further again I quote BCPD Chief Dave Archer "Many people walk around the city for various reasons, but the police chief said not everyone walking around at night is up to no good". Once more the term "people" does not mean kids hangin out skatebording on a lot. Being observant of your surroundings is one thing but to accuse a random group of youth for this crime just b/cuz you don't agree with their hobby or sport of choice. And let me requote "busymomandstudent","one man

around 18 was sitting on the curb smoking and

just stared at me when I was driving by. The man

had to be on some kind of drug, his eyes were hollow looking and he was strange"Wow, you saw an "18yr old adult" smoking, and b/cuz he stared at you he had to be on drugs. I did not realize one could analize so much in a quick drive down the road. Becuz of this statement the whole comment session become an attack on the local youth. No I am not a parent of a skateboarder, I just felt the subject was gettin way off base, and some one needed to reel it back in. I do like the idea of Neighborhood Watch programs. But are people gonna think the watch group is strange or on "drugs" if they are seeen at night patroling the streets?

-- Posted by westsidemom on Sat, Sep 5, 2009, at 12:00 AM

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