Vandals Hit Anti-Nestle Home in Kunkletown

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ELDRED TOWNSHIP -- Vandalism victims in Kunkletown believe they were targeted because of their fight to keep Nestle from extracting millions of gallons of groundwater.

The victims woke up this weekend to find vulgar language written all over their vehicles.

Donna Deihl tried to wash off the vandalism painted on her minivan. She woke up Sunday and walked outside to find her van, and her brother's truck next door, with vulgar words painted all over the windows.

The words left Deihl shaken.

"[I feel] violated. As the day went on, I got more and more angry. Just what's going on here in town, it has to stop," she said.

Deihl believes the vandals targeted her, her brother, and his fiancée because of their very public fight against Nestle's proposed water extraction plan that could draw a half-million gallons of water a day from an aquifer in Eldred Township.

"It's a shame. It's a shame that something like this divides a town up and it really is all about greed," Doug Borger of Kunkletown said.

The vandalism was reported to state police. The victims suspect the culprit is someone who's lived in town a long time and used to know Borger as "Douge."

"That's exactly how it was spelled on the window: 'Dougeeee.' They made that point of the 'e' so we kind of assume it's somebody local," Arleen Dunkelberger of Kunkletown said.

Deihl says this isn't the first time vandals have targeted her car and her property all over her battle against Nestle.

"One Sunday we woke up both our vehicles were totally out of oil, not a quart low, totally out of oil."

No trespassing signs were stolen from her property. Insurance cards were stolen right out of the glove box. Now these victims fear what will happen next.

"That's the concerning part about the whole thing, you just don't know where it's going to stop," said Dunkelberger.

As Eldred Township continues holding hearings on the issue, Deihl and Borger both plan to continue fighting Nestle and say they are taking extra precautions to keep an eye out for whoever is behind these crimes.


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