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Two arrested for vandalizing St. Pete parking meters, police say

Three times in two weeks, police found city parking meters damaged with foam. Now a man and woman are in custody on felony charges.
Shown here are photographs of damaged parking meters along Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg. Those responsible for the damage were arrested Friday evening, according to city police.
Shown here are photographs of damaged parking meters along Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg. Those responsible for the damage were arrested Friday evening, according to city police. [ Times ]
Published Nov. 9, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG — Two people were arrested Friday evening for vandalizing city parking meters with spray foam, city police said.

They are Nicholas Ryan Scott Windholz, 34, and Kiersten Lynn Lyons, 32. Windholz is charged with three counts of felony criminal mischief. Lyons is charged with one count of the same.

READ: Vandal destroys more downtown St. Petersburg parking meters

Three times in two weeks, police found city parking meters damaged with spray foam sealant. The foam clogged coin and credit card slots used for payment, causing thousands in damage, police said.

The latest incident happened Tuesday night, when 21 meters were found damaged along the 100 block of Beach Drive NE and Bayshore Drive in downtown. Police began canvassing the area and asking residents for tips the next day.

Also on Wednesday, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman tweeted a message to the vandals: “We will find you. We will prosecute you.”

Windholz and Lyons were being booked into Pinellas County jail about 7 p.m., according to St. Petersburg police. No further information was immediately available.

This is a developing story. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.