Police investigate criminal mischief in township

Residents awoke to broken windshields, a broken mirror and a stolen mailbox in Clark Township on Tuesday morning.

Police are investigating four criminal mischief reports in the northeastern part of the county. All of the incidents were reported Tuesday in Clark Township, an area that typically does not have that much activity in one night, Sheriff Doug Cox said.

The calls all came from homes within about 2 to 3 miles of each other.

Three of the residents reported damage to their vehicles.

A resident in the 5000 block of Rocklane Road realized when she turned on her rear windshield wiper that the back window on her vehicle had been busted. She drove to work in Franklin and found a rock inside the car. Her husband reported the incident to police, according to the police report.

A second resident in the 1300 block of Matthews Road came to the sheriff’s office to report that someone had broken the driver’s side mirror on his truck, which had been parked in his driveway, the report said.

And finally, police connected a missing mailbox at one home to a broken windshield about 3 miles away.

The mailbox, post and all, had been uprooted from a home in the 100 block of Harvey Road in Clark Township some time Tuesday, according to the police report.

The homeowner told police that when he arrived home at 6 p.m. Tuesday he found that someone had pulled up the mailbox that was on a 4-by-4-inch post that was sealed into the ground. The tan mailbox had the house number painted in red on the side, according to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office report.

None of his neighbors had seen anything, the resident told police.

The sheriff’s office received an email later that an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department detective had Moore’s mailbox thrown through the windshield of his police cruiser about 3 miles away off Mitthoeffer Road. The detective had heard a loud sound and saw a vehicle drive away around 4 a.m. and then found rocks and damage to his vehicles and the windows on his home, the report said.

While waiting for police, he contacted the owner of the mailbox, who came and picked it up, the report said.

Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at agoeller@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2718.