Hundreds of vehicles vandalized in south city

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Over recent weeks, hundreds of cars have been targeted by BB or pellet gun-wielding vandals in south St. Louis, Maplewood, and Webster Groves.

Thursday afternoon at the Southside Wellness Center, community leaders, police, and residents met to mobilize neighborhoods in the wake of the recent vandalism. Those in attendance stood side-by-side to call for immediate action, saying enough was enough.

Authorities believe the suspects caused anywhere from $40,000 to $60,000 worth of damage.

One man living along Eichelberger Street near Christy Boulevard, where dozens of cars were hit on Sunday, said his surveillance cameras caught the suspects in action.

“I played it back one frame at a time ‘til I saw the perpetrators,” said John Clauson.

He bought his eight security cameras years ago to serve as protection for his family as he watched his neighborhood grow more dangerous. Clauson said since he installed them, they’ve helped lock up three people committing crimes nearby.

If you slow the video down, it shows a person’s arm pointing out the rear passenger side window and drive out of frame. Clauson said the recording’s audio caught the sound of shots being fired and glass shattering.

He shared the video with police detectives, who are looking for leads in the string of recent vandalisms.

According to police, about 170 cars have been targeted in south city, 14 in Maplewood and three others in Webster Groves.

“I hope they catch the people who did this,” Clauson said.