Police, community leaders tackling vandalism in St. Louis city

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- St. Louis police and other community leaders are fighting back today after nearly 200 cars in three communities were vandalized. Many of the cars that were hit were in south city.

Three vans at the Southside Wellness Center on Park Avenue had windows shattered by the vandals. Police and others will gather this afternoon to talk about the investigation into the vandalism and what can be done to stop it.

Roughly 170 cars in St. Louis city were targeted, mostly on the south side. Much of the damage happened last weekend but some took place in the overnight hours of June 11th into the 12th.

Fourteen cars were also hit in Maplewood and three more were vandalized in Webster Groves.

The suspects used used b.b. or pellet guns to shoot out car windows, causing a total of $40,000 to $60,000 worth of damage.

So far no one is in custody in connection with the crimes.

St. Louis police will be on hand today to talk about how the public can help in the investigation into the vandalism outbreak.
They will also be addressing other recent crimes in south city.

Community leaders are also helping to organize residents businesses and churches in response to the vandalism to help catch whoever is responsible.