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Elderly Lincoln woman's home vandalized

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By: Kayla Bremer
kbremer@klkntv.com

Eighty-five year old Esther says she's always felt safe in her neighborhood.  But that all changed after she says her home was attacked in the early morning hours on Tuesday.

Boards covering broken windows and holes in the outside walls is the aftermath of a group of vandals.  It all started at 1 a.m. Tuesday when Esther says she heard her bedroom window shatter.

"Scared me to death," Esther said.  "Then they come around and was throwing rocks at the door and then they took off running."

Esther and her daughter, Nadine, who lives across the street called the police.

Then two hours later, the vandals returned.  Esther says she was sitting in her living room when she started to hear a loud banging noise on the side of her house.

"Sounded like gunshots or something," Esther said.

Police say a witness saw three people outside her home, hitting the house and smashing out windows.

"A witness saw one of the suspects carrying what appeared to be a pipe or a bat," Officer Katie Flood said.  "Five panes of glass were broken out of windows to the home.  There were also seven holes on two sides of her trailer."

Then Esther says they tried breaking through her front door.

"I'll kill you, I'll kill you," Esther said.  "That's what they were saying and that did worry me.  Thank God I had a good, strong door."

Police say they have no suspects at this time.  They believe the vandals may have been targeting Esther's grandson, who does not live in the home.

Esther says she's shaken and scared after the incident, but doesn't want to leave.

"I'm not leaving my home, I'll tell you that right now.  Nobody going to get me out of here."

Damage to the house is estimated to be thousands of dollars.

A fund has been set up in Esther's name at Pinnacle Bank.

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