DES MOINES, IOWA — The Des Moines Police Department is asking for help to identify two distinctive trucks and their owners which are possibly connected to the harassment of an elderly couple.
According to an online post by DMPD, police say the elderly couple on the south side of Des Moines has been repeatedly tormented by someone, including with fireworks aimed at their home. They say the fireworks caused more than $1,000 in damage to the house.
“There’s no shortage of internet detectives out there,” said Sgt. Paul Parizek of the Des Moines Police Department. “When you have something identifiable like that, it’s good that people will step up because this shouldn’t be happening to those people.”
The first truck is white and has a noticeable logo on its drivers side door. The second truck is dark and is identifiable by its lift kit and large tires.
Police believe the harassment towards the couple, who they say are in their 70s, has persisted for several weeks. They believe it started when the couple called authorities after someone rode motorized mini-bikes on their street late at night, and that the fireworks are likely retaliation for the initial 911 call.
Parizek said the elderly couple remains in hiding while police try to find who is harassing them.
“They’re certainly upset with the circumstances, but it’s frightening. They’re not able to sleep at night,” Parizek said. “This happens under the cover of darkness and it’s been happening repeatedly. I’m sure that they lay there at night waiting for the next time for it to happen.”
Some Facebook sleuths have already provided authorities with one solid tip linking one of the trucks to a local business, but police did not confirm that connection.
If you can identify either vehicle you are asked to call Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa at 515-223-1400.