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Vandalism Suspects Arrested

Two men were arrested early Monday after nearly 40 vehicles in the Hillyard area were vandalized, Spokane police said.

Mike Robert Wigen, 20, of 12208 E. Portland, and Anthony P. Douglas, 19, of 1859 E. Ninth, were booked into Spokane County Jail for first-degree malicious mischief.

Officers started receiving reports of vandalism just after midnight Monday. All described a 1970s Bronco as the suspect vehicle, police said.

Side-view mirrors of 39 cars and pickups - most parked along Rich and Broad - were smashed with ax handles. One of the damaged vehicles was stolen, police said.

The Bronco that fit the description given by witnesses was spotted at Decatur and Cook about 1 a.m. Police talked with the occupants, who showed officers several of the damaged cars, police said.

The total amount of damages has not been determined.

Man suspected of damaging car jailed

A Colbert man was jailed early Saturday after being accused of punching out the windshield of a car, Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies said.

William E. Meals, 38, of 3710 E. Lane Park, was booked into the Spokane County Jail on a count of second-degree malicious mischief.

An 18-year-old Colbert man was northbound on Newport Highway near Mt. Spokane-Park Drive just before 3 a.m. Saturday when an older model red pickup truck began to tailgate his Oldsmobile, deputies said.

The pickup pulled up beside his car several times and tried to force it off the road. The victim tried driving around the neighborhood to lose the truck, deputies said.

He eventually pulled into a driveway and the pickup partially blocked the man’s car. A man got out of the truck and, as the victim tried to drive away, punched out the car’s windshield, deputies said.

The victim memorized the truck’s license plate that led deputies to Meals.

, DataTimes