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Vandals peppering area neighborhoods

December 4, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Over the course of just 10 days, 29 cars in Lehigh Acres have been targeted by vandals who are methodically going up and down the streets shooting out windows with BB guns.

Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public's help in trying to identify the person or persons responsible for the vandalism.

The shooting spree started Nov. 15, when 10 cars in just one night had their windows busted by a spray of BB pellets.

Eight more cars were damaged over the remainder of that weekend, and since then, the shooters have damaged a total of 29 vehicles.

Although it is not known conclusively if it is the same person or group committing all of the crimes, detectives believe the suspects may be juveniles who reside in the Lehigh area.

All of the damage has occurred in the late night or early morning hours, and to this point, no witnesses have come forward stating that they've observed the crimes.

"We're asking people who may be out late at night, especially in the Lehigh area, to keep their eyes open and report anything or anyone suspicious that they may see," Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers coordinator, said.

"Law enforcement is stepping up patrols in the area, but we need the extra eyes and ears of the community to assist and help stop these crimes from occurring,"?she said. "Even if you hear the sound of a BB gun, we ask that residents make the call, since the suspects are targeting particular streets on each night, and ideally we'll be able to catch them in the act."

Fortunately, all the vehicles have been unoccupied and there have been no injuries reported.

However, each of these instances leaves the vehicles owners with costs to replace their windows, which could tally a bill upwards of $500 each time.

Anyone with information on the person or persons responsible for the 29 incidents is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 780-TIPS (8477).

All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

Tips may also be made online at: www.swflcrimestoppers.org or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.

Source: Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers

 
 

 

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