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Vancouver Democrats targeted with tomatoes

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A prank that started with a few thrown tomatoes now has Vancouver police on alert.

Officers are investigating letters left at the homes of Democrats throughout the city, according to a notice sent to neighborhood association leaders.

The author of the letters admits to throwing tomatoes at houses that have Obama signs in the front yard. The tomato tossing occurred in the middle of the night.

It all started months ago at the headquarters for Clark County Democrats, according to treasurer Marsha Manning.

A couple times a week, a man would ride by on a bicycle and throw tomatoes at the front windows, according to Manning.

"Originally, he left a message taped on the doors of all the offices in this complex that said because of our views on energy and transportation we were causing a rise on the price of gasoline," Manning said.

Police became concerned when tomatoes and letters began popping up in other neighborhoods.

Several homes near 30th and Columbia streets received letters and tomatoes during the past few weeks.

There's no name on them, but they are all titled "Welcome Wagon" at the top.

"I put bright red letters on it, (spelling) 'coward' and posted it outside by my (Obama) sign," said Gary Bickford.

Bickford also found four tomatoes on his front lawn.

"We actually hung them on our palm tree," Bickford said. "We wanted them to look like shrunken heads."

In a letter to neighborhood associations, police said the culprit could face harassment and malicious mischief charges if caught.

"People are feeling really on guard about people knowing where they live or people feeling they can't say their political affiliations in public," said Hough Neighborhood Association Co-Chair Eileen Cowen.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cpl. Drue Russell at 360-487-7365. You can remain anonymous.

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