On Tuesday morning, when the windows of 14 buildings in Lodi were discovered smashed, Lodi police arrested a man suspected of vandalizing at least one of those buildings.
Frank Courtnier, 44, of Lodi, is currently being held in San Joaquin County Jail, charged with a felony count of vandalism, after police viewed surveillance video in the hopes of identifying a suspect shortly following the incidents, according to Lodi Police Lt. David Griffin.
Shortly before 3 a.m., an alarm prompted Lodi police to respond to Lodi Adopt a Child, located at 100 E. Pine St.
Officers viewed surveillance video that showed someone outside the building picking up rocks and throwing them at the building, breaking four windows and a glass door, Griffin said.
A short time later, officers reported seeing Courtnier riding a bike in the area of Stockton and Pine streets not far from Lodi Adopt a Child, Griffin said. Officers believe Courtnier is the suspect they viewed on the surveillance video.
In all, windows were smashed on 14 buildings in Lodi, including two City of Lodi Parks and Recreation buildings along Stockton Street, Griffin said.
Courtnier has been booked into county jail on $28,000 bond on suspicion of felony vandalism that caused between $5,000 to $50,000 in damage, and being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Griffin couldn’t say if Courtnier may be connected to all 14 window smashings, or just the one in which officers believe he is recorded on video.
“It’s just very senseless,” said Jerry Glenn, president of Lodi Adopt-AChild.
Glenn estimated the damage at $2,500, which the organization will have to pay for using donations.
Glenn said this is the second time this year the windows on the organization’s building have been broken. It never happened during the 10 previous years the organization has been at its current location.
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