Two Darien men were caught by a Raymond Street resident who claims the men were breaking mailboxes on Friday, June 28.
Christopher Style, 20, of Raymond Street, and Benjamin Preston, 19, of Three Wells Lane, face several charges, including nine counts each of criminal mischief, after police said the men vandalized mailboxes and removed road signs on Friday evening.
Police said an Edgerton Street man confronted the alleged vandals near his property. One of the men asked him “Who the (expletive) are you,” according to police, at which point the man told them they were going to pay for his damaged mailbox.
One of the men, who was later determined to be Style, attempted to punch the man but missed, according to police. The two tried to flee, but the resident grabbed Style’s shirt, which he wriggled out of before running down Edgerton Street.
Working off a description from the resident, police found a shirtless Style walking along Hollow Tree Ridge Road. Police found Preston near West Avenue and Ridgeley Street.
The resident told police his mailbox had been knocked off its post and was laying on the ground. Officers also found damage to mailboxes on Holly Lane, Hollow Tree Ridge Road, Middlesex Road, and Edgerton Street. Police also said the street sign for the Darien Senior Center had been taken down and placed in the street. A street sign for Holly Lane was also found laying in the road, police said.
In addition to the nine counts of criminal mischief, Preston and Style each face second-degree reckless endangerment and interfering with an officer charges. Style also faces breach of peace.
They each posted bond and they have court on Wednesday, July 10.