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South St. Louis man believes his security cameras caught car vandals in the act

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ST. LOUIS, MO (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.One man living along Eichelberger Street near Christy Boulevard, in south St. Louis, where dozens of cars were hit on Sunday, says his surveillance cameras caught the suspects in action.“I played it back one frame at a time till 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 says, since he installed them, they’ve helped lock up 3 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 says 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. Police believe the suspects used BB or pellet guns and have caused between $40,000 to $60,000 worth of damage.

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