Residents: Young vandals terrorize Stapleton neighborhood

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DENVER -- A Stapleton neighborhood is being terrorized by vandals and residents say they're at their wits end trying to figure out what to do about it.

Vandals have thrown rocks at or into seven homes in the area, causing thousands of dollars in damage.

On Sunday night, a baseball-sized boulder came flying through Dan Oltersdorf's patio door, landing on his living room floor. His young daughter and 1-year-old were both upstairs at the time.

"It was pretty alarming. My wife was sitting right there. Thankfully, it missed her," Oltersdorf said.

And all along the street there are similar stories.

Jim Thomas is getting estimates after someone threw a rock through his window.

"It's gonna' add up. It's not enough to report to our insurance so it's out of pocket," he said.

Randy Wade said that's just the tip of the iceberg.

"We've had a lot of cars broken into, mail stolen," he said.

And just a few days ago something much worse happened to Wade's wife. She was approached by one of the three young teens neighbors who are believed to be behind the vandalism spree. One of them said something to her that she never thought she'd hear.

"Basically threatened to rape me. I've never felt unsafe in Stapleton until that moment," Stacey Wade said.

Neighbors have reported the crimes and a description of the boys to police, but they haven't been caught.

"The reaction time is anywhere from 10 to 25 minutes. At that point they're too far gone to even know where they are," Stacey Wade said.

Neighbors believe the boys are ages 12 to 15 years old. Several residents said they plan to install security cameras to try to catch the vandals in the act.

They're also hoping their electric utility will replace several missing light bulbs in the street lights on the block, hoping that will deter the boys and keep the violence from escalating.