Vandals smash 14 windows by throwing bricks at Pflugerville home


PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — A home in Pflugerville has been severely damaged, and a mother and her four children had to find another place to live for about a month after two people attacked their house.

Sandra Rivera said last weekend she came home to glass shards everywhere and her front door in the Falcon Pointe neighborhood smashed in. 

“I pulled into the driveway, and I saw this huge brick,” she said. “Then I looked up. I saw that my son’s bedroom, right there that window, was shattered. The two office windows were shattered, too. I peeked in, and I could see all of the windows in the back of the house, in the living room, shattered, glass everywhere.”

Two people who appear to be responsible were caught on Rivera’s home surveillance camera at 12:25 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1. 

They are seen grabbing bricks from Rivera’s garden and throwing them one after another. 

“Thank God nobody was at the house. I was coming home. Kids weren’t here this weekend,” Rivera said. “The bricks were thrown far into the house. In the middle of the room. They were wrapped up into the blinds. It was glass everywhere. So somebody would’ve gotten some sort of injury.”

Rivera estimates she could be paying about $20,000 to repair the damage if she didn’t have homeowner’s insurance. 

She said 14 windows were shattered, two doors were broken and the carpet has to replaced because small pieces of glass are everywhere. 

Pflugerville police are now reviewing Rivera’s footage. The police department also has a program called the Digital Neighborhood Watch, which began earlier this year.

Signing up lets Pflugerville police know you have a surveillance camera, but doesn’t give police direct access to your home surveillance cameras. It’s a list the officers can utilize in a situation like this. 

Before the program, Detective Dan Griffith said, patrol officers had to go door to door to look for other surveillance cameras. By having the watch program, they can save some time. 

“It all boils down to them helping us, keeping our neighborhoods and children safe,” he said.

Rivera said she was glad to learn about this program.

Her camera caught the vandals directly in front of her house. They had their faces covered up. 

“Maybe they took their hoods off around the block, and somebody caught them. You never know,” she said.

Pflugerville police said in just a few months, the number of people signed up for the Digital Neighborhood Watch Program jumped from 90 to more than 240. 

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