Third person is charged in vandalism spree

Published: Saturday, January 8, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 7, 2005 at 10:44 p.m.
A third person linked to a series of vandalized vehicles and mailboxes along W. University Avenue this week has been arrested in the case, Gainesville Police reported Friday.
Alexander J. Poser, 19, 5406 NW 88th St., came Friday to the Police Department and confessed to participating in the Thursday morning vandalism spree, Detective Bill Quirk said.
Also facing charges in the case are Jeremy Weathers Martin, 19, 3128 SW 126th Terrace, and Ryan Matthew Luca, 20, 4072 NW 23rd Circle. The two were arrested for criminal mischief and taken to the Alachua County jail Thursday. They were released after making their first appearance in court Friday morning.
A bond was not set for the two, but they were ordered to have no contact with the case's victims or each other and Poser. A curfew was set from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.
Police have accused the three of using golf clubs and a wrench to smash vehicle windows, dent cars and damage mailboxes in neighborhoods along W. University Avenue near SW 34th Street. A fountain in one resident's yard, valued at $1,200, also was destroyed.
Alcohol was a factor in the case, police reported.
The three have been charged with criminal mischief and face additional charges in about 30 cases that have been reported to police. More people reported cases of vandalism Friday, police spokesman Sgt. Keith Kameg said.
Damage estimates in the case range from $15,000 to $25,000, police have said.
Lise Fisher can be reached at (352) 374-5092 or

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