Man Leaves Sprinklers Running, Urinates on Property: Investigators

Joseph Paul Jackson, 53, is accused of vandalism at a business park in Santee in early July

Deputies have arrested a man tied to an odd vandalism case in which he’s accused of urinating on a business park property and leaving the sprinklers running for 12 hours.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said Joseph Paul Jackson, 53, was arrested Wednesday as he scavenged in a dumpster on Mission Gorge Road in Santee.

Investigators had a search warrant out for his arrest in connection with a vandalism case that happened between July 3 and July 6 at a business park at 10227 Prospect Ave.

According to the sheriff’s department, a surveillance camera captured footage of Jackson allegedly urinating on the property and turning on the water sprinklers before leaving.

Investigators said the sprinklers ran for about 12 hours before landscape damage was discovered and the water was turned off. A significant amount of water was wasted during this time, officials said.

The same property had been vandalized before this act as well, but it was not caught on video.

Detectives linked Jackson to the vandalism and obtained a warrant for his arrest on July 31, the sheriff’s department said. He was booked into San Diego Central Jail on the warrant.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information should contact the sheriff’s department non-emergency line at (858) 565-5200.

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