ABITA SPRINGS,La. -- Deputies and crime scene technicians scoured a small neighborhood on the west side of Abita Springs after several residents and town officials woke up to vandalism Monday morning.

'The mayor is extremely disappointed that something like this could happen,'Town Clerk Kathy Armand said.

To start, the town's maintenance yard fence was torn down and the windshield of one town truck was smashed. A second town truck was stolen for a joy ride and crashed into a ditch yards away, with blood stains left on the driver's side door.

Authorities also say five mailboxes were crushed or knocked down, and one street sign, along with two stop signs, were ripped up. One was left on a front porch.

Investigators believe all the mayhem happened between 7:30 p.m. Sunday and 6:30 a.m. Monday, and it is all related.

'I feel it's kids just acting out,'one resident said. 'Every summer same thing, spring break, same thing.'

But the extent of the damage worries neighbors, like one woman, who did not want to be identified.

'It makes you wonder what's coming next,'she said. 'Are they gonna start getting bolder and start coming in our houses?'

City leaders say they will be prosecuting whoever was involved with this to the fullest extent, and they're already starting to collect evidence to figure out who that is.

'We acted quickly as soon as we were made aware of the problem and we called out the crime unit and they did all their investigation and we will follow up on any leads we get,' said Armand.

The goal is to make sure the town's reputation, and its look, stays clean.

If you have any information about this crime, contact the St. Tammany Sheriff's Office at 985-898-2338.

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