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Man charged for throwing rocks at car windows, causing $18K worth of damage

Man charged for throwing rocks at car windows, causing $18K worth of damage

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TWIN FALLS — Police have charged a man for vandalizing dozens of cars in Twin Falls in December.

Matthew J. Ransom, 18, was arraigned Thursday on a felony charge of malicious injury to property. According to court documents, Ransom told police in January that he and three other people were driving around town the night of Dec. 5-6 throwing rocks through car windows.

Police compiled 39 reports from citizens all over the city about their vehicles being vandalized that night. Ransom is being held responsible for more than $18,000 worth of damage.

Most of the damaged cars were parked in Twin Falls’ president streets, but others had been damaged on the east and west numbered avenues. Video surveillance obtained by police showed a brown car driving down the streets at the time of the incidents.

Ransom is employed at a fast-food restaurant in town and was identified as a suspect by one of his co-workers, whose vehicle was damaged. Another employee’s juvenile son may have been involved.

A suspect who has not been charged told police they were just “bored” and decided to do some “stuff.”

Ransom told police he was driving his mom’s car and the rocks were stored in a large backpack. He said that they might have picked up additional rocks at a gas station.

It is unknown whether any more charges will be made. A preliminary hearing for Ransom has been set for April 5.

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