A daylong spree of smashing car windows in Menlo Park came to an abrupt end when police responded to a call of vandalism in progress Monday night, June 25.
Police spokeswoman Nicole Acker said investigators are still figuring out whether the trio carried out all the recent attacks on inanimate objects in Menlo Park: Eight shattered car windows on Monday alone by BB gun; another five windshields broken last week; and four mailboxes blown up or beaten during the past two weeks.
One mailbox belonged to the new Menlo Park home of Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, sources said. The firecracker not only destroyed the box, but also the mail, leading some to wonder whether the crime could be charged as a federal offense.
Police said the crimes appeared random.
Ryan Anthony Mattei, 18, was arrested around 9 p.m., then released pending further investigation. Police said his two companions, a 13-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy, were taken into custody and then released to their parents after admitting to several incidents of vandalism.
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