Saturday, March 27, 2010

Car windows shot out with BB gun -- York, PA

Vandals have been very busy this week in York and the surrounding area.

Police say vandals used a BB gun and other objects to break over 30 car windows in the last few days.

Dozens of car windows have been smashed and several buildings were spray painted over the last few days.

Police said that it has been especially bad in the last day and a half.

From midnight Wedneday to 8:30 a.m. Thursday, police said more than 30 cars were vandalized.

Amy Lemus of York was down on her hands and knees Thursday as she vacuumed up pieces of broken glass from her husband's Hyundai Veracruz.

The car was parked on Garfield Street near Farquar Park when vandals smashed out two windows. They also vandalized her father's car.

"I guess they think it is funny," said Lemus. "I don't think it is funny."

Police: Vandalisms Spike Over Last Few Days

York police said they are not sure if the vandalism is the work of one or more people, but they have clearly seen a dramatic increase in the number of vandalized cars.

Some 35 owners reported car windows being smashed over a day and a half.

Jasmine Tirado was one of them. Tirado, who lives along Parkway Boulevard, said she found her minivan had been vandalized around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

But she wasn't alone. At least seven of her neighbors also had car windows broken out.

"I guess it is fun for them. It is amusement to them to damage other people's property," said Tirado.

Vandals also spray painted several buildings in the area, such as this one in North York.

Police say a BB gun was used to shoot out some of the windows, but other things were used as well.

For now, police said they have no suspects.

Residents Frustrated By Repeated Vandalism

For some folks in the Parkway neighborhood, this isn't the first time they've been vandalized. Some of them had car windows shattered just a couple of weeks ago.

Rosa Santiago said her car window was broken just a week ago. The damage was repaired, but her car was vandalized yet again.

She said she doesn't know where she can safely park her car anymore, that's why she's in no hurry to get it fixed.

The other reason is the money. She said she doesn't have the $200 necessary to fix the damage, so it will have to wait.

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