BROOKINGS – Two juveniles were picked up for allegedly vandalizing mailboxes and breaking out a vehicle’s windshield, according to Brookings Police. The investigation was helped by surveillance video footage turned over by a citizen.
The vandalism was reported between March 20-22 and occurred in four different areas, Assistant Chief Derrick Powers said.
“We received several reports of mailboxes being damaged,” he said, including in the 1100 block of Squire Court, the 200 block of Trail Ridge Road, and Parkway Boulevard.
A vehicle windshield was broken out in the 400 block of 12th Street South, too.
A citizen in the area of the mailbox vandalism turned in footage from their home surveillance system, which helped officers identify “a vehicle involved in the damage,” Powers said.
That led to an officer locating the vehicle and identifying two juveniles who were involved in the vandalism, he said.
“Our report will be forwarded to the State’s Attorney’s Office for the intentional damage violations for them to be handled through juvenile court,” Powers said.
He credited the citizen and the surveillance footage with helping them crack the case.
“Certainly one of those things that really helped us solve this,” Powers said.
The Brookings Police Department has implemented the Video i-Witness program “where people can log their surveillance system with us,” he said.
People can register their system by going to the Brookings Police Department’s website under the city’s webpage. There is a form to fill out with their address and a little bit about their surveillance system, Powers said.
“It doesn’t give us access to the system,” he added.
Registering gives police the option of contacting residents in the area of a crime to see if their footage has any clues to help in the investigation, Powers said.
It works for the good of the whole community, he said.
“We have that opportunity for people to work with us in keeping our community safe and … to help solve incidents like this,” Powers said.
“This is a perfect example of how video surveillance can help us and help residents in our community recover from intentional damage or thefts or burglaries,” Powers said.