Home In Colorado Springs Vandalized; Family Looking For Your Help

By: Rosie Barresi Email
By: Rosie Barresi Email

A Colorado Springs family went on vacation, and came home to find their home vandalized.

It happened on the 9900 block of Pinedale in the Pine Creek neighborhood.

The Thomas family's insurance company says there was probably around $20,000 in damage done to the outside of the home.

Police say it happened in the middle of the night on Tuesday while the family was away on vacation.

The exterior of the home was spray painted in black, windows were busted out and motor oil was spewed on the concrete driveway.

The family says they think someone in the neighborhood did it.

Greg Thomas filmed the destruction with his home video and is saving it as evidence.

"It's a massive amount of damage," said Thomas.

He says it's obvious that someone was out to get them. "This was a personal vandalism," said Thomas.

Diana Reed lives up the road from the Thomas household. "I had heard noises and my dog started growling," said Reed.

That's when Reed looked out the window and saw two people running up the street. "They had hats and hoods on. Their heads were covered," said Reed.

The Thomas' aren't the only victims. The Pine Creek Golf Course, just a few blocks away from where the Thomas family lives, was also trashed.

"The symbols that were on the Thomas' house were the same symbols that were underneath the bridge here at the Pine Creek Golf Course," said Elicio Silva, who is the general manager and part owner of Pine Creek Golf Course.

SEL, or "South East Loco" was plastered in both locations.

The Thomas family says they worry. "I don't know if these people are going to come back," said Thomas.

The community says they are sure of one thing. "We will catch them," said Silva.

The Thomas family has a sign on their front lawn asking for help.

They're asking anyone with information to come forward for a $1,000 reward.

Or you can call Cimestoppers at 634-STOP.

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  • by semour Location: coloeado springs on Apr 17, 2008 at 09:23 PM
    i know the people who did this and i am for sure it was not affroman ( Brandon Johonson ) and the kids were just doing it because they were bored and wanted to have fun and personally i think its pretty funny
  • by Neighbor Location: Pine Creek on Apr 4, 2008 at 09:54 AM
    It is so immature to think that this was a deserved attack. This was done by kids from the neighborhood who were bored and obviously knew this family was out of town. The good news is that there is a $1000 reward and some kid with information is going to become very rich when they claim the reward and give the information to the family to help them solve this! That is what Crime Stoppers is for!
  • by A Location: Co. Springs on Apr 3, 2008 at 05:14 PM
    Regardless of who it was, or why, they should be pusnished. Who vandalizes a home like that?? To Mark.."you reap what you sow"...that's not alwyas the case. There have been plenty of times that people target someone just becaasue they were bored, or out of opportunity. I hope they catch them.
  • by MI Location: CASA on Apr 3, 2008 at 11:46 AM
  • by No Name Location: Colorado Springs on Apr 3, 2008 at 07:53 AM
    For the record... they are a very nice family and did not deserve this crude act done to there house! No one deserve this! I hope the police figure out who did this... What goes around comes around. Again, they are a nice family, good kids and are NOT moronic or Bullies!! Know the facts before you speak!!
  • by Maybell Location: pine creek on Apr 3, 2008 at 06:59 AM
    Dear You Wish You were Me, How do you know Brandon is a suspect? Sounds like you are sharing who did this and we thank you! He needs to be locked up and the keys thrown away....we are working on doing just that. :-)
  • by Heather Location: c/s on Apr 2, 2008 at 10:39 PM
    Dear youwishyouwerelikeme: why vandalize the house so horribly bad, what happened to toilet paper and shoe polish. This was so mean. Why vandalize anyway, take no for an answer and move on.
  • by youwishyouwerelikeme Location: the 719. on Apr 2, 2008 at 10:43 AM
    look. it was just an act of revenge. brandon johnson, the kid who is suspect was helping his friend vandalize the girl who lives there because she turned him down. thats it. just some crazy kids.
  • by J Location: Colorado Springs on Apr 1, 2008 at 12:25 PM
    Our vehicle was egged Saturday night, along with several others parked on the street in our neighborhood in Springs Ranch. The CSPD blamed in on teenagers on Spring Break, but it seems to us that it wasn't that cavalier. Only cars parked on the street were hit. None in driveways, no houses or mailboxes it appeared. Was this the HOA or "security" (I use that term losely)? Our HOA prohibits parking on the street overnight without permission, but even if you get permission they still give you a violation. Was this their revenge or a neighbor too covenant happy? I really feel for this family having to deal with this senseless vandalism. I really do hope they find out who did this and that person(s) is punished to the fullest extent of the law.
  • by KD Location: Fountain on Mar 31, 2008 at 04:43 PM
    Evil dwells in the dark.Its time for all neighbors to get to know each other again. Start having BBQ's in the front yard and invite your neighbor over.Open your blinds.Get to know the kids in your neighborhood.You can't just go home, park your car in the garage and close your eyes to what is going on outside.If we keep doing that, gangs will eventually rule the streets.Everyone wants change but they want it without having to get involved. I'm too busy let someone else do it. That's what the cops are for, that's what the governments for.If we don't speak up and take action, we're going to be minorities in our own homes.We have a civic and community duty to get involved. Your day's not over when you come home from work or play.That's when your day really begins. Where are your kids? Who are they hanging out with? Are they where they say they are? If you don't have kids.volunteer at a local school, church or outreach.It will take all of us to change this world.1 neighbor at a time.
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