$18,000 reward offered in vandalism case

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer

Six weeks since heavy equipment was used to ransack a budding housing development, there are still no leads.

Workers arrived at the development early Sept. 19 to discover a front-end loader and dirt compactor were used to damage three houses on Carmel Street, northwest of the Clovis Civic Center.

At the time, Delma Crisp, of Crisp Custom Homes estimated damage at $600,000.

Police Capt. Patrick Whitney said Friday there has been little progress in the case.

“We have no idea,” he said.

“People have been interviewed and right now there’s nothing to go on.”

Tyson Hardy, owner of subcontractor BTH Enterprises and supervisor for Crisp, said the company had no comment Friday.

“We’re not really going to say anything until we hear from the police department,” he said.

Earlier this week Clovis police announced up to an $18,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

The reward is offered by the contractor, owners and their insurance company, according to a press release from police.

Whitney said the offer has not generated any leads as of yet.

Vandals used heavy equipment left at the work site, managing to start the machinery even though there were no keys.

The equipment was driven into the homes and used to strike corners of houses homes and lift roofs.

Crisp said the homes were near completion: Oat 90 percent and the other two around 50 percent.

Anyone with information can call Detective Charlie Aguirre at the Clovis police Department 763-9470, or Curry County Crime Stoppers at 763-7000.

Callers can remain anonymous.