The barbecue was heating up, and Jim Foley's daughter sat at the kitchen counter doing homework before dinner Friday at their Santa Rosa home.
Moments later, a crash sent shattered glass into the room.
"I thought it was a car crash," Foley said.
Glass and a chunk of what appeared to be asphalt surrounded Foley's 13-year-old daughter.
Foley ran to the window and saw four masked figures running down the street. He briefly chased after them in flip flops but turned back for his pickup.
At that point, the masked figures were gone.
The vandals had walked up to the Dartmouth Drive home just before 6 p.m. Friday with chunks of asphalt in their hands, smashed three windows and a truck windshield, and fled.
Were they teenagers? Disgruntled neighbors? Police have not yet identified suspects in the case.
"This is more than just vandalism, at least for us," Foley said. "It took our security from us, took from us the feeling that our house is safe."
Vandalism is one of the more common property crimes in Santa Rosa. Most cases involve graffiti or broken car windows, said Sgt. Mike Lazzarini, who oversees the Police Department's property crimes team.
Last year, Santa Rosa police officers took an estimated 227 reports of vandalism. This year, they have already handled 214 cases.
Many of these crimes are related to domestic violence, committed by a slighted lover who, for example, keys a person's car or slashes the tires, Lazzarini said.
"It's one thing to go to an abandoned house and break a bunch of windows," Lazzarini said.
But what Foley experienced appeared to be "a directed attempt to intimidate or aggravate," said Lazzarini, who was not personally involved in the case but spoke through his experience investigating property crimes.
Down the block from Foley's home on a recent afternoon, Ken Davis, 69, surveyed the neighborhood from his usual spot on a bench in his driveway.
The retired industrial painter is out on the bench by 4 a.m. most days with his coffee.
He didn't see these vandals strike. He has on several occasions spotted people lurking around cars and called the police.
"I caught somebody on a bicycle leaning into a pickup," Foley said. "I said, 'Hey, you need something?' "
The stranger pedaled away.
Moments after the vandals struck the Dartmouth Drive home, at least one neighbor and Foley's wife called 911.
A police officer came out to the home and surveyed the damage. The case stands out, Santa Rosa Police Sgt. Clay Van Artsdalen said.
"We have no other reports in the city that I'm aware of that are similar," Van Artsdalen said.
On Monday, Foley paid about $300 to replace the windshield smashed on his work truck. He expects it will cost less than $1,000 to replace his three front windows.
"I can replace the glass; it's not that much damage," Foley said. "But it's taken an emotional toll on everyone."
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