Aaron Gladieux, a detective with the Fulton County Sheriff Department, said vandals did about $8,500 in damage to a nearly-finished new home at 5016 Co. Rd. 18-2.
Justin Riegsecker, Wauseon, the homeowner, reported seven exterior windows were broken. The initial damage estimate was $10,000.
Gladieux said the Riegseckers were just three weeks away from moving into their new home, when the damage was done during the late night or early morning hours of Friday, Aug. 23 and Saturday, Aug. 24.
The move-in date has been pushed back while new windows are ordered and installed.
Riegsecker posted a video of the damage (https://www.facebook.com/jriegsecker) and offered a $2,000 reward for arrest and conviction of the culprit.
In a later video, Riegsecker showed the damage and followed footprints from his home to a nearby cornfield, where he discovered evidence leading him to believe the perpetrator defecated.
Gladieux said he cannot 100% connect the defecation with the vandalism. Also, he said feces cannot be tested for DNA.
Footprints and tire tracks were left at the construction scene, but whatever was used to break the windows– a hammer, brick, or rock– has not been found yet, he said.
There’s no known motive for the attack. Gladieux said Riegsecker was not aware of anyone who was upset with him.
“It looks like a random act of vandalism,” Gladieux said.
An investigation into the incident is still underway.