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Vandals cause $17,500 damage to van, campers

$1,000 reward offered for information leading to arrests

CHRIS MORELLI/THE EXPRESS Bob Miller, owner of Miller Brothers Auto Sales, points surveys the damage to a 1995 Chevrolet conversion van. Vandals damaged the van and several other vehicles on early Friday morning at the dealership in Mill Hall.

MILL HALL — Bob and Bill Miller are offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of vandals who caused an estimated $17,500 damage to vehicles on their lots early Friday morning.

Video surveillance clearly shows the four people who damaged a 1995 Chevrolet conversion van on Miller Brothers Auto Sales lot and six brand new Catalina campers on the lot at Bill’s Happy Camper. The businesses, owned by brothers Bob and Bill Miller, are adjacent to one another on South Water Street, Mill Hall.

“Look, you can see them,” Kyle Miller said as he showed the video and pointed to the vandals walking around the lot from 2:52 to about 3:30 a.m. last Friday.

“Somebody knows who they are,” Bob Miller added. “Why would they do something like this,” he asked, shaking his head in disbelief.

It appears the vandals walked along Water Street and stopped to kick the campers which were all parked in or near the front row. The van was also parked in the front row along Water Street.

“The van was pried open to get in,” Bob said, pointing to the broken motor on the door of the van which was equipped for the handicapped with an automatic door. Other damage included the gear shift and a light broken off and the carpet in the back of the van ripped with some sort of object.

Damage to the campers included dents on all of the vehicles, indicating the vandals kicked them with their feet, leaving footprints on the sides and backs of the campers. The campers were all locked, so the vandals were unable to get inside.

The damage to the campers may not look dramatic, but each one sells for close to $30,000 and to repair the damage the entire side of metal siding will have to be replaced, a Happy Camper employee explained.

A group of young people smoking cigarettes and riding bicycles through the rows of vehicles on the lots were seen the day before the vandalism, Bob said.

“We went out and talked to them about it… told them that they would scratch the vehicles… and they left,” Bob said.

State police at Lamar were called and are continuing their investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Lamar at 570-726-6000.

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