Aberdeen man arrested for multiple vandalisms

He was involved in a pair of incidents over several days

A 30-year-old Aberdeen man was arrested over the weekend for several instances of vandalism over the previous week.

The man, Keith Lundgren, was a suspect in several instances of vandalism over the previous week, said Cmdr. Steve Timmons of the Aberdeen Police Department in a news release.

The first came after police received a report that someone had spray painted messages on Aberdeen High School and on a nearby street around Sept. 12, Timmons said. Lundgren was recognized in surveillance footage from the school, Timmons said.

On Sept. 15, an Aberdeen police officer going off-shift noticed several tires of officers’ personal vehicles parked at the station had been slashed, Timmons said. Lundgren was again identified, this time puncturing the tires.

The next day, Lundgren was spotted walking down H Street near the station and was taken into custody, Timmons said. The alacrity of Lundgren’s arrest was a result of circumstances aligning, Timmons said.

“We were already looking for the suspect when our officers’ tires were slashed. Once we looked at video for that malicious mischief on the tires, that is when we noticed it was the same person,” Timmons said in an email. “And then coincidentally, one of the officers on patrol saw the subject walking that following day. So there was no rapid action or anything done differently. Everything just fell into place.”

Lundgren is currently detained at the Aberdeen city jail while the charges are processed.

Contact Senior Reporter Michael S. Lockett at 757-621-1197 or mlockett@thedailyworld.com.

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