2013-09-19 / Front Page

Police Seeking Fire Extinguisher Pranksters

Cars Sprayed Early Friday Morning
Rick Hiduk

When Judy Higley of Wyalusing went out to her car to drive to work on Friday morning, she thought at first that the vehicle was covered with frost – a reasonable deduction given the white coating on her car and two frosty mornings earlier in the week.

Higley’s neighbor, Nancy Bendinsky, jumped into her car, started it up and discovered that a fine white dust covered everything inside the vehicle, which had been unlocked.

Higley turned on her windshield wiper, and watched what she had assumed was frost smear across the glass in front of her.

Laceyville Police Chief Scott Perry responded to their calls and determined that the two had been victims of vandalism.

He was unsure at first as to what the powder was until he received a call that a spent fire extinguisher had been found by a borough employee at the corner of Third Street and Riverside Drive.

Soon thereafter, Perry found out that Dale Bennett’s pickup truck, which was parked in the 300 block of Riverside Drive had been burglarized, and a fire extinguisher had been taken.

“Both cars were sprayed on the outside,” Perry related. Bendinsky’s vehicle was the only one with residue on the inside.

Residents in the vicinity of Third and Canal Streets and Riverside Drive in Wyalusing who may have seen or heard any suspicious activity during the over night hours of Thursday into Friday are asked to call the Bradford County Communications Center at 570-265-9101.

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