It's happening again - vandals in Seymour are slashing people's pools, creating a mess and thousands in repairs.
Police said they're now upping their patrols in the area in an attempt to find the aquatic assailants.
"It will be just over $300 to fix the liner," said victim John Duquette.
Duquette, and Army veteran, returned from serving in Iraq in 2005.
After spending months in the desert, he wanted to treat himself and his family to a pool.
"When I got back, I was thinking more of family events. So we had the pool done," Duquette said.
But early Saturday morning, vandals struck.
"It sounded like it was pouring outside. I looked outside and couldn't see anything. All I heard was what sounded like rain," Duquette said.
But it wasn't rain.
It was the sound of his backyard oasis being gutted and his yard being flooded.
"We came out and assessed the damage," Duquette said. "They cut a good 15-foot slice in the pool. They cut our garden hose, so I guess that's what I heard."
Seymour police said they believe the thieves that struck five homes on South Main Street and Manners Avenue earlier this month are on the prowl again.
"You're talking felonies here with the amount of money in damage they've done," Duquette said.
But, Duquette's summer may not be ruined.
He bought the pool from Namco and it will cost him more than $1,200 to repair. In previous cases, Namco has stepped-up and fixed other liners for free.
Duquette said he hopes they will do the same thing for him.
"I would think it would be terrific," he said. "My biggest worry then is, 'Oh my God, are they going to come back and do it again?'"
To make sure it doesn't, Duquette said he and his family are installing a video surveillance system to keep an eye on their property.
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