Trio face city vandalism charges

Published: Friday, January 7, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 6, 2005 at 11:27 p.m.
Using golf clubs and a tire iron, vandals took aim at more than 25 vehicles and mailboxes in neighborhoods along Newberry Road early Thursday, Gainesville Police said.
But witnesses, who spotted three men smashing vehicle windows before leaving in a white car, provided officers with a description of the suspects and a license plate number that later led to the arrests of two Gainesville men.
Jeremy Weathers Martin, 19, of 3128 SW 126th Terrace, and Ryan Matthew Luca, 20, of 4072 NW 23rd Circle, face multiple counts of criminal mischief for each vandalism report from residents throughout the area.
Charges are also pending against Alexander J. Poser, 19.
Martin was the quarterback and a basketball player at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School in 2002-2003, Poser played football and baseball at P.K. Yonge and Luca played baseball there.
Officers have received at least 28 reports of vandalism to vehicles, mailboxes and a fountain valued at about $1,000, Detective Sgt. Scott Wilkey said.
The damage, said police spokesman Sgt. Keith Kameg is estimated at $15,000 to $25,000.
Initially, no tag number was found that matched a report from residents about the vandals, Kameg said. But Wilkey took that report and checked for similar tag numbers, coming back with one that was one figure off and belonged to a man with an Archer mailing address.
After going to the address, police found Martin, who agreed to go to the police department.
Questioned by detectives Alan Gray and Bill Quirk, he later admitted that he and two other men had gone on a vandalism spree.
The men used three Golden Eagle golf clubs - a 2, 4, and 5 iron - plus a tire iron to smash their targets, Wilkey said.
Alcohol was a factor, Wilkey said.
The men had left the downtown club Gator City shortly before 2 a.m. and were heading back home, police said.
Incidents occurred almost along a direct path home, Quirk said.
"For lack of anything else to do, they decided to do this," he said.
University of Florida student Jessica Grant, 19, said her car had been parked at Hawaiian Village Apartments. She found both the driver's side windows and the back windshield had been broken and the passenger side mirror knocked off.
"I just felt very wronged. I wouldn't ever think of doing that to somebody," Grant said. "I hope they slap them with everything they can."
If you have information about this case or additional vandalism reports call Detective Bill Quirk at 334-2323.
Sun sports writers Matt Cannizzaro and John Patton contributed to this report. Lise Fisher can be reached at (352) 374-5092 or

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