3 charged in vandalism spree

(Original publication: August 5, 2004)

Kent police were running up against the proverbial stone wall while investigating a rash of vandalism in February in which more than a dozen house and car windows were shot out with a pellet gun.

But a recent arrest in a similar case of criminal mischief led police to information that unraveled the February spree.

"An individual involved in the February vandalism got involved in other criminal activity, and information developed out of that," Lt. Alex DiVernieri said yesterday.

On Tuesday, Detective Kevin Douchkoff, who had been investigating the Feb. 21 vandalism spree, arrested three 18-year-old men, each on 10 felony and three misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief.

Anthony Bertuzzi of Chief Nimham Circle, Christopher Gesauldi of Deer Run Court and Brian Schulman of Rambler Road are scheduled to appear in Town Court tomorrow.

Police said that Bertuzzi, Gesauldi and Schulman, armed with an air rifle, covered a 50-square-mile area on the night of Feb. 21, taking turns firing the rifle at glass targets that they selected randomly.

The three allegedly shot out 12 car windows and one residential window. The damage totaled $6,735, police said. Windows were shot out on Richardsville Road, Route 301, Route 52, East Lakeshore Drive, Brayton Road, Ontario Road, Horsepound Road and Pudding Street. Police said the investigation was continuing and the three may face further charges.


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