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Mailbox Latest Victim in Valley Vandalism Spike

EAST LONGMEADOW (WGGB) – An East Longmeadow family’s home mailbox was destroyed two night ago by an firework, police say.

Neighbors across the street on South Brook Road tell Abc40 they heard a loud ‘bang’ around 1 o’clock in the morning on Thursday. They say they’re surprised such an event would happen in a neighborhood they describe is very close and friendly.

It’s the latest case in a rash of vandalism to the hit the Pioneer Valley in the past two weeks. Last weekend and again Tuesday night, vandals broke the windows on several businesses in East Longmeadow. It happened on Shaker Rd. and Chestnut St. Police say they don’t believe it to be connected to the mailbox destruction. They do say they’ve upped patrols at night between the hours of 11pm and 3am, when all reported vandalism’s have taken place.

In Springfield, several cars had their windows smashed at the beginning of the week on Ellenpage Circle.

“We were really shocked.” Tom Terry says. His roommate had her car windows broken by a pellet gun. “She was pretty upset. She was gearing up for a new job and it was a big shock when she went outside to start her car in the morning.”

Two other towns have been victim to recent vandalism sprees as well – Ludlow and Westfield.

Car break-ins were reported in Ludlow, and in Westfield police say almost 40 cars have been broken into since the beginning of June.

Springfield Police say they have made one arrest connected to vandalism in the city. Sgt. John Delaney tells Abc40 a juvenile was arrested this week in connection to nine car tires slashed in the Allen Street Apartment community.

Police are urging residents to park there cars in their driveways or garage preferably. If they see any suspicious behavior they should call police immediately.

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