VANDALIA — A Vandalia man has been charged with throwing baseballs through four different windows of a business after being terminated earlier in the day.
Kevin C. Nickel, 31, has been charged with criminal damaging in Vandalia Municipal Court.
Vandalia police allege that Nickel threw four baseballs through the windows of National Auto Lube on W. National Road on April 10.
According to the police report of the incident, a resident on Grosbeck Street, which sits behind the store, noticed the windows being broken around 8:30 p.m. while taking out trash. When they responded, officers found the broken windows and could see baseballs sitting on the floor.
When store management arrived, they told police that Nickel had been terminated earlier in the day.
Detectives interviewed Nickel a short time later and reported that he was highly intoxicated, and reported being angry about being fired, but denied involvement in breaking the windows. Nickel said “several times that he unofficially broke the windows, but officially did not know anything about the incident.”
Nickel was served with a criminal complaint on April 15 after more follow up with detectives.
Nickel is no stranger to local police. Court records in Vandalia Municipal Court have multiple cases including a conviction of operating a vehicle while intoxicated in April 0f 201o. He was also convicted of felony receiving stolen property in March of 1999 and was sentenced to five years of community control.
His case was originally set for arraignment on April 23, and then continued to April 30. On May 1, a warrant was issued for Nickel failure to appear, and Nickel posted bond on Friday, May 2. He is now due to be arraigned in Vandalia Municipal Court on May 5.