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Delaware: Thieves, vandals target campers

Sheriff's reports

Vandals were attracted to Berkshire Lake Campground in early August, according to Delaware County Sheriff's reports.

The owner of a camper parked at the grounds in the 1800 block of Alexander Road said a screen door had been slashed and a window had been broken. Reports said the damage, estimated at $400, was done between 12:32 and 1:10 p.m. Aug. 5.

On Aug. 6, the owner of another camper called the office to report that her camper's window was broken out and a TV and DVD player had been damaged. The remotes to both devices also were missing, reports said. The estimated damage and the value of the remotes was listed at $550.

In other recent sheriff's reports:

* The back door of a home in the 7000 block of Section Line Road in Delaware was broken open Aug. 8, and $6,000 worth of items were stolen from inside, including a television, jewelry and prescription pain pills, according to reports.

* No force was necessary for thieves to steal $200 cash and $750 worth of jewelry from an unlocked home in the first block of Holmes Street in Galena.

According to reports, someone entered the home between 4:30 p.m. and 5:38 p.m. Aug. 9.


Delaware police responded to the same apartment complex parking lot twice to take reports of vandalized vehicles.

Between 11:30 p.m. Aug. 17 and 1:30 p.m. Aug. 18, all four tires were slashed on a vehicle in a parking lot in the 2000 block of Bruce Road, reports said. A suspect was listed in the report, but no arrests were made.

According to another report, between 3 p.m. Aug. 18 and 10 a.m. Aug. 19 in the same parking lot, someone let the air out of a vehicle's tires.

In other recent Delaware police reports:

* An unlocked vehicle parked in the 200 block of North Sandusky Street was stolen Aug. 16. The owner reported the keys were inside the car when it was taken between 6:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The car is valued at $3,500.

Another unlocked vehicle in the same block became a target for thieves who made away with a GPS unit and three CDs. Reports said the items, together valued at $165, were taken between 9 p.m. Aug. 15 and 8:30 a.m. Aug. 16.

* The front door of a home in the 100 block of East Winter Street was forced open between 7 a.m. Aug. 17 and noon Aug. 19. Two videogame consoles and Blu-ray discs were taken from inside the home, reports said.