Vandals damage nearly 200 vehicles across three communities

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - Close to 200 car owners in three local communities awoke to find their vehicle windows smashed. Many of the victims live in south St. Louis. Early last week and again this weekend vandals struck hard.  About 170 car windows shot out in the city, with BB guns or pellet guns.  Boyd Kleen’s car was damaged.

“Pretty angry and frustrated. People don’t care enough. Their idea of entertainment is costing other people money and time," Kleen said.

A mini-van had three windows shot out. People are trying to protect their cars until new glass can be installed; there is a waiting list at some repair shops.

Carrie Kleen said, “If it rains tonight and my back seat gets ruined, then that’s even more money I’m out. I’m frustrated. I want jail time but it won’t happen. I’m frustrated.”

Police in Webster Groves were investigating three vehicles that were targeted. In Maplewood, as many as 14 different cars were shot at, many of them on Folk Avenue.

Steve Hunt’s SUV’s back window was shattered,, “I don’t think I’ll get my money back but I’d like to see them punished."

Total damages could easily add up to $40,000 to $60,000. Police need the public's’ help in catching the vandals. St. Louis Police Captain Michael Deeba said, said, “We need anybody who has their own private security system and cameras to view it.  If they have anything, contact us immediately.”

He said they have received some surveillance video and if it shows anything important they will release it to FOX 2 and we will either put it on one of our newscast or on our website.

Police are also concerned that the suspects could get seriously injured or killed.  BB and pellet guns can look like real ones.  If the vandals come upon an officer or someone who’s carrying a real gun and they brandish it, they might get into a gun fight and lose.

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