VALPARAISO | A second wave of vandalism targeting mailboxes was put to a halt late Tuesday night when Valparaiso officers arrested two 14-year-old boys, police said.
Police believe the two boys were responsible for damage at five homes on the city's east side.
The homes were in the 1300 block of Peachtree Drive, the 2000 and 2100 blocks of McCord Road and the 1600 block of Boca Lago Drive.
In addition to mailbox damage, a tire was slashed on Peachtree Drive, and one resident reported damage to her exterior door.
Police were called about 11:15 p.m. to the first incident. Police said witnesses gave them descriptions of the boys. An officer investigating the complaints spotted two boys in the area of Boca Lago Drive and Country Court. Police said the boys began to run toward Valparaiso Nazarene Church at Glendale Boulevard and Silhavy Road.
Police said when the boys spotted the officer's squad car, they ran in different directions.
One boy was caught quickly and told officers the name of the second boy, police said. The second boy soon was found and arrested.
Each of the boys said the other was responsible for the damage.
Tuesday's arrests follow complaint over the weekend from city residents regarding explosive devices discovered outside homes.
Police said one incident was reported Saturday, the rest Sunday. Most involved a plastic bottle containing two common household substances that cause a chemical reaction when they come in contact with each other. The reaction in a closed bottle causes the bottle to expand and explode, police stated.
In four of the cases, there was an explosion. Police said in one case, the bottle had not exploded.
Sgt. Mike Grennes said Wednesday nothing indicates the boys arrested Tuesday night played a part in the weekend incidents, but officers are investigating.