CLAYTON, MO (KTVI) - A man has been charged with shooting out car windows in St. Louis, Shrewsbury, Maplewood and Clayton. Andre Armstrong, 19, tells police that he and some friends used a bb-gun to damage cars in mid-November. Clayton police tell the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that there was no agenda, they were just having fun.
The teen and his friends are accused of damaging 62 vehicles in Clayton on the night of November 13th. A release from the city of Clayton says that Armstrong was arrested on November 15th. His is facing 19 counts of Tampering with a Motor Vehicle for the Clayton incidents. Two other adults were arrested in connection to these crimes and their charges are pending review by the Prosecutor’s Office. A juvenile was also arrested and referred to St. Louis County Family Court.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that police cracked the case by finding surveillance video showing the getaway car's license plate. There isn't enough evidence yet to charge the other two adults. These suspects are being investigated for similar crimes in ten other jurisdictions.
Hundreds of reports were taken over the summer about vehicle windows being shot out by bb-guns in Webster Groves and Shrewsbury. In September St. Louis Police took more than 100 reports of vehicles having their windows shot out by pellet, or BB gun bullets. Many of the shoot-outs happened along Shenandoah Street in south St. Louis. University City Police say at least 15 vehicle owners got their windows shot out in October near Mooney Park.
The St. Louis City Circuit Attorney's Office has issued 11 counts of Tampering with a Motor Vehicle against Andre Armstrong. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that his bail is set at $25,000 for charges in St. Louis city. His bail was set at $15,000 in St. Louis County.