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Vandals Break House Window, Scare Family

March 18, 2014, 6:02 PM by Brady Mallory

Vandals Break House Window, Scare Family
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

"Well, this is the rock that came through the window," Laurie Nelson said, holding a good-sized rock in a paper towel.

Someone hurled the gray rock through her daughter and son-in-law's living room window just after midnight on Sunday.  The person threw it with so much force, it not only broke the glass, it left a large hole in the screen.  Her daughter and son-in-law, who decided to remain anonymous, were on the couch.  The rock was mere inches from Nelson's son-in-law's head.

"It went right over his head.  He's a very tall man.  Six foot tall.  It just went right over the top of his head.  A few inches lower, it would've bashed into the back of his head," Nelson said.

The rock left shattered glass everywhere and landed right where their two-year-old daughter normally plays.  Thankfully, she was in bed, sleeping.

"They thought it was a gun blast.  They thought somebody shot through the window," Nelson said. 

Due to this confusion, they leapt off the couch, and on to the floor.  They did not get a chance to look outside to see who targeted their home.

The family does not have many clues about who did this or why.  According to police, the same thing happened to a home down the street just the night before.  The family did not want KELOLAND News to post their address because they fear the vandals would retaliate.  Nelson decided to speak up for her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter, to encourage other neighborhoods to be on the lookout for vandals.

They said police told them they may not ever find out who did it.  The rock left a $400 price tag for fixing this window, which they will have to pay for themselves.  Nelson said the damage goes beyond the broken glass.

"No one has slept for nights now since Sunday morning.  We're awake talking about, 'What's going on out there?  What house are they getting next?" Nelson said.

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