LEBANON, Ore.– Vandals destroying multiple cars belonging to soldiers in the Oregon National Guard, and police don’t believe it was a random attack. Vandals hit a secured national guard compound in Lebanon, belonging to Alpha Troop 1/82 Cavalry. A total of 11 privately owned vehicles had their windows smashed out and some were ransacked. Soldiers left their cars there, while away for their annual training in Boise, Idaho. Staff Sgt. John Parsons came home early from training for personal reasons. He stopped by the compound to send photos of the damage to his fellow soldiers.
“They’re upset. They park stuff here in safe environment and someone jumps the fence and starts damaging things while their gone training. I’m upset about it,” said Parsons.
Police don’t believe this was a simple smash and grab. The National Guard may have been targeted.
“There were some things done that indicates defamation towards the national guard and the unit. We’re leaning towards possible motive of someone that’s angry or has ill will towards the specific unit or national guard as a whole,” said Ofc. Justin Bach of the Lebanon Police Department.
Police are investigating surveillance video from nearby businesses that show a man leaving the scene.