About $10,000 in damages after numerous Layton residents, businesses hit by vandals

Posted at 6:16 PM, Jan 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-27 20:16:16-05

LAYTON, Utah -- Layton is left with a slew of frustrated neighbors and business owners after a string of vandalism left them cleaning up—and paying for—the mess.

Police said the vandals could now be in some serious trouble with the law, and they want to know who is responsible.

Morgan Garner works at one of the buildings that was hit, which houses realty and insurance companies on Main Street south of 500 North.

"The entire main door, there was just glass everywhere, just completely shattered," she explained.

And, she said, a window next to the door ended up with holes.

By the police's best guess, someone shot at the door and window with a BB or pellet gun.

Layton Police have been taking a lot of calls like that one since January 19.

"We've had ten actual reports of windows being broken out," Lieutenant Travis Lyman said.

Some of the windows, like in Garner's case, were shattered on businesses.

The victims included The Home Depot and a U-Haul rental business on Main Street. Others were residential homes, and cars parked on the street or in parking lots, Lt. Lyman said. He said the main areas included Main Street and the 400 East area of Gordon Avenue.

The damage has really added up.

"It's probably in the neighborhood of $10,000," Lt. Lyman estimated.

That amount puts the crime at a second-degree felony. He said charges could include felony criminal mischief.

To help catch the vandals, Layton Police is offering a $100 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Police, and Garner, couldn't help but wonder if the suspects are teens, driving around for fun.

"It very well could be high school-aged kids, or younger that are out doing this," Lt. Lyman said.

Part of their focus in spreading the word about the reward, he said, has been at the high school, in hopes someone will give the guilty up.

But for businesses and neighbors, shelling out the dough to foot the bill is anything but a good time.

"It still is $1,200 down the toilet," Garner said.