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Johnson Co. homeowners' lawns marred by driver

Posted at 5:18 PM, Sep 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-15 17:18:25-04

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. – Dug up and torn apart, a lot of yards in Greenwood look a mess right now after a driver took aim at yards across the city.

Homeowners are in disbelief, and investigators are trying to find the person or people responsible.

For Greenwood resident Mari Jo Stewart, it’s disheartening to see the tracks of a car going through her yard.

“We work hard on our yard, and have some pride in keeping it looking as good as it does,” Stewart said.

Her side yard on Crooked Stick Court is now torn up. It’s one of several where Johnson County authorities say a driver took a trek sometime overnight Sunday into Monday morning.

“I guess (it was) someone who thought they would have a little fun for themselves one night – but not fun for the people who have to clean up their yard,” Sara Vercruysse said. She also was a victim of the vandal.

The sheriff’s office says it has at least four reports of this destruction – all in Greenwood, and within a few miles of each other.

Gary Williams, who lives in the Fair Oaks neighborhood, says the driver even took out a pine tree in his neighbor’s yard.

“It’s a little uneasy when you’re trying to settle down in the evening, knowing that when you wake up there could be some potential damage,” Williams said.

Investigators could only say a dark-colored SUV was possibly involved, and gave no details on those who did it.

But one thing’s for sure: Those affected are perturbed, to say the least.

“I would hate to think it were adults doing this,” Stewart said. “It really is sad to see people do something like that.”

While the sheriff’s office believes all the incidents are connected, they have a few leads and are hoping anyone who knows something comes forward.

If you have any information about this incident, you’re urged to reach out to the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office at 317-736-9155. You can also keep yourself anonymous if you have information by contacting Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477.

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