Thursday, March 25, 2010

This just in from the Albemarle County Community Relations Director . . .

NOTE: This refers to the incident at Tom Perriello's brother's house.


The Albemarle County Fire Marshal’s Office and the FBI are confirming details regarding an act of vandalism which was reported on March 23 at 303 Heron Drive in Peacock Hills in the Ivy area of Albemarle County.   The act of vandalism was discovered by residents who returned home and smelled gas and then discovered that the supply hose connecting a liquid petroleum tank to burners on a portable gas grill was severed.  The grill was located on a deck adjacent to a screened porch on the back of the house.   Investigators believe that this was a deliberate act of vandalism and that the supply hose was intentionally cut.  While there was no immediate threat to the residence and its occupants, investigators believe the leaking gas could have posed a danger had there been an ignition source nearby. Investigators collected physical evidence from the scene and have interviewed the victim and nearby residents. Local officials are working co-operatively with Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who has been involved from the early stages of the investigation.  Anyone with information on this incident or other unusual behavior in the neighborhood is encouraged to call Crime Solvers at (434) 977-4000.

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