Vandal targets vehicles parked at fair

ENCINITAS — Jassyn Verdult stated she had been attending the Encinitas Street Fair the day of Nov. 19 and parked her vehicle in what she thought was a parking area in the front of the gated entrance of Pacific View Elementary.

She’d obtained a ticket for parking in a no-parking zone when she returned to her vehicle, but that was the least of her concerns.

Using a black permanent marker, a person learns the words “No Parking You Idiot” on her front and back windshields and her passenger chairs.  

The vandal misspelled ‘idiot.’

She stated two vehicles were also vandalized in the same manner.  

To add insult to injury, she stated, she was mocked by agents of the Encinitas Historical Society — that maintain that the historic schoolhouse about the Pacific View grounds — when she complained about the vandalism.  

She believes someone from the group was the offender of the vandalism.  

“The timing isn’t a coincidence,” Verdult said. “They were the only ones there, and the cars were parked in the front of the gate that only they had been using. Who else had the motive?

“They were very rude to me and 2 other women, saying things like, ‘You couldn’t read a signal. ”’ Verdult said. “It was another level of rude.”

Encinitas Historical Society President Carolyn Cope, who laughed off the incidentdenied that she or anybody from the group was involved with the vandalism or the behavior that was rude.

“All I did was call the (Sheriff’s Department) nonemergency line and told them that we needed a senior docent in the schoolhouse by himself and that there were multiple automobiles blocking our only entrance and exit to your house,” Cope said. “If I had been that way, I would turn around and hire an attorney for defamation of character.

“I place my hand on the bible that this had nothing to do with the Encinitas Historical Society, and that is a fact. How dare someone accuse us?” She said.  

Verdult said that two women whose cars were ticketed and towed were told that the “president of the Ancient Society” known to get their automobiles. Verdult said that she took pictures of the woman whom she stated verbally abused her if she compared that to a YouTube video and inquired about the writing on her windows.

“This was the same woman who had been rude to us,” she said. “She laughed at us when we inquired about the vandalism and also told me, ‘Good luck with your forensics. ”’

Cope stated that others and Verdult are complaining to divert attention away from the fact.  

“They are just the kind of individuals who won’t acknowledge guilt, and what’s someone else’s fault,” Cope said.  

The Society is just one of two groups that has access to the property aside from town of Encinitas, which purchased the property from the Encinitas Union School District. Another is that the Encinitas Arts Culture and Ecology Alliance, the group chosen by the town to transform the website.  

Alliance board President John DeWald stated that to his knowledge no Alliance members were about the property   on such day.    

Verdult stated she’s filed a police report.   San Diego Sheriff’s Capt. John Maryon said that they are investigating the incident, which he called a “criminal action.”

Maryon said that they’d be reviewing the footage to find out if it will identify the culprits and that said that there are video surveillance cameras across the Pacific View Elementary School property.

Maryon urged the public to speak to the Sheriff’s Department if they view vehicles illegally parked repeatedly, instead of taking matters into their own hands.  

“Not just because it’s a criminal action, but why can you vandalize property?” Maryon said. “I believe people are afraid of burdening us and they believe that something like illegally parked cars is petty and small, but that is what we are here for. Whenever you experience an issue, before things build up and you lash out, just call us.”

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