Man charged with police car vandalism in Farmington

Joshua Joel Dircks, 24, of Farmington, was charged with criminal damage to property, a felony, after allegedly vandalizing police cars in late August in the Farmington Police Department parking lot.

The morning of Aug. 26, a Farmington police officer noticed several damaged squad cars in the department’s parking lot. Upon reviewing the surveillance video, officers observed a male throwing rocks through squad car windows at 9:55 p.m. Aug. 25.

After police posted a still of the video on its website and through social media, Dircks turned himself in. According to the police report, Dircks admitted that he damaged the police cars and that he was intoxicated at the time. The estimate to repair the squad car windows is more than $1,500.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.