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Gilbert Police investigating case of possible mistaken vandalism at young couple's home

Posted at 6:16 PM, Nov 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-21 20:58:04-05

Gilbert police are investigating what they say is likely a case of mistaken identity.

Police say a vandal(s), bashed in a garage door near Lindsay Road and Ray Road, leaving behind the spray painted message "HOE". 

"It doesn't make sense," said Sgt. Darrell Krueger with Gilbert Police.

The homeowners are a young family with a toddler. 

The homeowners declined to interview over the matter, but in a Facebook posting wrote: "We woke up to this...anyone around have a similar experience?"

Neighbors were shocked. 

"I was like 'who would do that' and then I saw the photo and I was like whoa..they're so nice when I see them walking their kid down the street," said Shelby Coombs, a neighbor.

"I've never seen that around here, at all. I was shocked," said Coombs.

Gilbert police said they've received no other reports of similar vandalism, and believe the case is isolated.  

Krueger told ABC15, it appears whoever committed the crime got the wrong house. 

Krueger added the vandal didn't seem to care how much noise they made. 

The resident posted: "I think whoever did it slammed his/her car into the garage door, as it's completely bent." 

The resident said they were out late, and woke up to the damage Tuesday morning. 

Wondering if it's the work of teenagers, the homeowner posted: "I do not have a teenage fact my daughter is 2."

If you have any information regarding the crime, please contact Gilbert Police.