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Christopher Jackson and Keith Dekoeyer Arrested for 23 Vandalism Incidents

Christopher Jackson and Keith Dekoeyer were arrested on Thursday in connection of a string of 23 car vandalism incidents, according to news reports. Jackson, 21, was arrested on a felony charge of criminal mischief, while Dekoeyer, 20, was arrested on a charge of being a principle to criminal mischief. Authorities have indicated that more charges will likely follow as police continue to investigate each recent instance of vandalism in the area. It is unclear whether either Jackson or Dekoeyer has retained a private criminal defense lawyer or has qualified for bail bond.

News reports indicate that the first act of vandalism that investigators believe the pair orchestrated took place on April 20. Similar reports extended for the next two weeks. The instances reportedly involved vehicles parked in the DeLand area, where both Jackson and Dekoeyer reside. Exact streets targeted include Lindley Boulevard, North Stone Street, North Sheridan Avenue, and both North and South Boundary Avenues. The targeted vehicles reportedly sustained damages including smashed windows, slashed tires, dents, and green spray paint marks. Investigators suspect that the dents and shattered windows were caused, in several instances, by bricks and concrete.

As a part of the investigation, authorities interviewed victims and witnesses of each incident, discovering that a jeep was seeing fleeing crime scenes on several occasions. Investigators reportedly went as far as to launch an undercover investigation into the incidents. However, Jackson and Dekoyer were arrested, not through the efforts of an undercover investigation, but because Jackson allegedly bragged about a double vandalism attack on his boss’ vehicle while at work.

Jackson reportedly works at a Winn-Dixie supermarket store in Deland. The exact store at which Jackson works is unknown, nor is his position at the store. Nonetheless, Jackson was allegedly upset with his boss and slashed all four of his tires while his vehicle sat in the parking lot of his Aesbury Circle apartment complex. The next night, Jackson and Dekoyer allegedly returned and slashed the tires, which the unnamed victim had replaced, a second time. Jackson then allegedly told some of his co-workers at Winn-Dixie about the attacks. Reports of the perpetrator then reportedly made it back to the boss, who informed authorities.

Jackson was reportedly apprehended on Wednesday on unrelated charges of driving on a suspended license after he was caught driving to work. On the same day, Dekoeyer was brought in for questioning in regards to the vandalisms, according to reports. It is not entirely clear how authorities connected Dekoeyer to the alleged offenses. During questioning, Dekoeyer allegedly confessed to having participated in the vandalisms. Jackson also confessed when presented with the evidence against him.

According to reports, the two men’s testimonies were in agreement. Both allegedly reported that Jackson had instigated the vandalism by calling Dekoeyer. Dekoeyer would allegedly drive Jackson around his Jeep Wrangler while Jackson performed the actual vandalism of the vehicles, since Jackson’s driver’s license was suspended. Both men allegedly indicated that they had been drunk during the vandalisms, and that the bulk of the vehicles had been randomly chosen.

Read about other local criminal mischief cases here.

Jackson was reportedly apprehended on Wednesday on unrelated charges of driving on a suspended license after he was caught driving to work. On the same day, Dekoeyer was brought in for questioning in regards to the vandalisms, according to reports. It is not entirely clear how authorities connected Dekoeyer to the alleged offenses. During questioning, Dekoeyer allegedly confessed to having participated in the vandalisms. Jackson also confessed when presented with the evidence against him.

According to reports, the two men’s testimonies were in agreement. Both allegedly reported that Jackson had instigated the vandalism by calling Dekoeyer. Dekoeyer would allegedly drive Jackson around his Jeep Wrangler while Jackson performed the actual vandalism of the vehicles, since Jackson’s driver’s license was suspended. Both men allegedly indicated that they had been drunk during the vandalisms, and that the bulk of the vehicles had been randomly chosen.

Read about other local criminal mischief cases here.

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