East Greenwich man says he was targeted with vandalism

EAST GREENWICH, R.I (WLNE) – East Greenwich Police detectives are investigating a potentially targeted incidence of vandalism.

The incident happened on King Street at 1:00 a.m. on Sunday.

A male suspect approached a parked car, punched the driver’s side view mirror, and then ran off.

The entire incident was captured on the car owner’s home security cameras.

“It was so disheartening,” said Joe Gelineau, the owner of the vandalized car.

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Gelineau said it cost him $950 to replace his mirror.

He and his wife have lived in the neighborhood for 25 years and have never dealt with anything like this.

“We’ve put so much work into this house. We’ve lived here for 25 years. It’s just difficult,” said Gelineau.

He believes the vandalism was targeted because of what was captured on surveillance video moments before the act. In the footage, you can see the suspect waiting down the street for the coast to clear. He waits until all the crowds and cars have passed by, before he approaches the house.

“He was an opportunist. He was waiting for the right time,” said Gelineau.

In the video, the suspect covers his face with his hand to avoid the surveillance camera, but put his hand down when committing the crime. That’s when he reveals his face to a second surveillance camera.

Gelineau does not recognize the suspect.

“We have no idea why this would happen,” said Gelineau.

He hopes someone will recognize the suspect, so this doesn’t happen again.

“Last week it happened to us. This weekend it’s going to happen to someone else, even the businesses,” said Gelineau,

The suspect is wanted on malicious damage charges.

If you recognize the vandal, you’re asked to call East Greenwich Police at 401-886-8640.

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