A serial vandal or vandals in Minneapolis continues to wreak havoc on an elderly woman's home, and the city is now taking further steps to put an end to the unprovoked mayhem.
The vandal(s) has now smashed windows and damaged property at the woman's home, located on the 5100 block of Cedar Ave. S. near Lake Nokomis, on eight occasions, usually arriving under the cover of darkness.
The City of Minneapolis on Wednesday issued a release to the public saying Minneapolis Police Department is investigating the vandalism spree and that multiple units within the department are assisting, though because it is an active investigation the city is "unable to disclose all of the efforts being put forward."
The homeowner, 89-year-old Frances Mosley, has lived at the house for more than 50 years, a Go Fund Me page organized by her son says. The first attack on her property happened March 25. It was vandalized five more times or the ensuing months and then hit again on Thanksgiving morning.
Her home was vandalized again Tuesday night, marking the eighth time since March, Minneapolis PD confirmed.
"He struck again at 9:02 p.m. tonight! This guy is getting more brazen!," Sean Mosely, the woman's son, wrote in an email to Minneapolis police obtained by KARE 11. "He seems to think it’s a game. He circles the block 8:44 p.m. to case the block and obviously feels like there’s nothing or no one to stop him."
The first six incidents resulted in an estimated $2,000 worth of damage. The GoFundMe for Mosley has now generated close to $10,000.
In addition to more police resources dedicated to solving the crimes, the city is asking anyone with information about the vandalism to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Tips can be submitted anonymously via phone or online via the CrimeStoppers website. Tips that lead to an arrest and conviction may be eligible for a financial reward.