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Greenbrook residents report night of vandalism

LAKEWOOD RANCH — It was a happy time for Chris Amato and her family. She had a child graduating from Southeast High School and the grandparents were in town for the event.

And then overnight this past weekend, someone slashed the tires on four automobiles in the driveway of her Greenbrook East home, including those of the grandparents.

“I don’t think we were necessarily a target. Other people in the neighborhood were hit as well. I’m trying to make sense of it. My brain is sort of in overdrive. I am very shocked and upset,” Amato said.

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office received five reports of weekend vandalism in the Ravines neighborhood of Greenbrook, said Dave Bristow, public information officer.

Tuesday afternoon there was no sign of the vandalism, except for a car in a neighbor’s driveway with splotches of orange spray paint.

Phyllis Troy, a Lakewood Ranch supervisor, was angered by the report of vandalism. She has been known for years as one of the Ranch’s most vocal leaders for curbing criminal mischief.

Troy said she planned to bring up the issue at a meeting of community development supervisors next week and to discuss whether Wackenhut security patrol hours should be adjusted.

“Most of the activity seems late at night,” Troy said.

Keith Davey, a leader in the Greenbrook community, said he wants more information on the incident and whether it’s a trend before altering patrol hours.

“I would be reluctant to switch all the patrol hours based on one incident,” Davey said.

Other mischief reported in the neighborhood included a fire set in the street, late-night door bell ringing, and emblems pried off cars, according to the sheriff’s offense incident reports.

“Every day I wake up now and make sure the tires are OK. It’s not a good way to live,” Amato said. “I wouldn’t mind seeing more patrols out there.”

James A. Jones Jr., East Manatee editor, can be contacted at 708-7916.

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