Two arrested, face numerous felonies in vandalism of dozens of autos in Key West

April 12, 2014 

The two men in this image caused the damage, police say.


Two Key West men were arrested Friday in connection with the vandalism of dozens of autos in Old Town, and face numerous felony charges.

As part of the investigation, Key West Police Department detectives executed a search warrant at 1211 Packer St. They found 24 vehicle antennas and 59 vehicle emblems, city spokeswoman Alyson Crean says.

Charged are Maxwell Wyatt Hjerpe and Phillip Tucker, both 18. Each faces felony counts of auto burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief. In all, Hjerpe is charged with 14 felonies and two misdemeanors and Tucker with 30 felonies and three misdemeanors.

Crean said the duo, caught on home security video, slashed tires, broke windows and stole hood ornaments from the vehicles, parked in the neighborhood around Atlantic Boulevard and White Street. Among them:

-- Michael Kinneer, owner of the Sippin' coffee shop on Eaton Street, lives in the neighborhood and said he woke up to find the Fiat emblem removed from the back of his two-door 500. Kinneer said he found replacement emblems for sale online and would replace it.

-- Flagler Avenue resident Dana Hernandez called police to report the back window of her daughter's Toyota Corolla was smashed.

-- Wednesday morning, Eisenhower Drive resident Sandra Henning reported the front and rear passenger-side tires on her Chevy van were slashed. She estimated it would be a $500 or $600 fix.

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