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Commissioner's Home Vandalized With Mustard, Silly String

David Carson's home in the Stirling Heights subdivision was the target of criminal mischief over the weekend, according to the sheriff's office. The commissioner is up for re-election in November.

Dunedin City Commissioner David Carson's home was vandalized over the weekend, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Carson told deputies that sometime Saturday night or early Sunday morning, someone came to his home in the Stirling Heights subdivision and stuck plastic utensils in the ground in his yard, squirted mustard on his garage door and truck and left silly string in the driveway and on his mailbox.

"It wasn't just a drive by," Carson said, noting his house in the back of the subdivision was the only one vandalized. "They were motivated."

Carson, who has served in the commission's Seat 3 since 2009 and is up for re-election next month, said he had no idea who might have targeted him or why. He has "no axes to grind," Carson said.

Deputies filed a criminal mischief report after Carson contacted them Monday, according to sheriff's office spokesperson Cecilia Barreda.

Carson and his wife cleaned up most of the mess themselves after they discovered it Sunday morning before heading out on a trip to Jacksonville. It was only after that they decided to get the vandalism on record, out of concern for their safety.

"I'm fearful that it escalates," Carson said.

Melissa October 11, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Pseudonyms have been a huge part of online culture from the early days, and the community has ways of dealing with bad actors. But assuming, automatically, that anyone using a pseudonym is a bad actor has tremendous collateral damage for those who have extremely compelling reasons not to use their real names. - For the most part, it is common knowledge, you do not use your real name on the web, just as you would not post your birthdate or social security number, to do so, is to put yourself at risk in a million different ways. -
Katie Dolac October 11, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Thank you Bill (re: our policy)! Here's a link to Patch's Terms of Use: http://dunedin.patch.com/terms I think it would behoove everyone to take a close read over them and please keep in mind that while we love hearing everyone's opinions and being a platform for community conversation, we also have guidelines that must be followed to protect such civil discourse.
Melissa October 11, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Use of a real name allows contributions to be more easily traced to an individual. This may make a contributor more vulnerable to issues such as harassment - this story is just an excellant point of this statement
Stacy Rush October 14, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Dave, someone doing this to your home is concerning. Hopefully you will be able to get SO to help solve your case. Sadly, you now understand how residences feel who have been victimized. See you October 15th 630pm til 8pm at VFW> Neighbor Hood Watch.
joe sharp October 28, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Sorry,you got the story wrong...the police DID see the mess. You sound kinda guilty?

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