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As Lancaster County residents were spreading holiday cheer last week, someone else was busy spraying BB pellets at vehicles and homes.
According to Lancaster Police Department reports, there were at least 16 separate incidents of property being damaged between Dec. 23 and Sunday by what appears to be a BB gun.
Cars and trucks were shot at on Elm Street, South York Street, North French Street, Pinta Drive, Willie Reed Road, McCardell Street, S.C. 9 Bypass, Glen Burn Lane, Woodland Drive, Wylie Street, Sumter Street, Hawthorne Road, North Park Square and Barr Street.
Most of the incidents occurred late at night and resulted in $200 or more in damages.
In one case, an owner estimated that it would cost $1,800 to repair his two trucks. In another, a homeowner’s storm window was shattered.
The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office also logged nine separate incidents on Dec. 23, all referring to property that had been damaged by a low-impact weapon.
Several of those incidents involved car lots, including Cooks Transmission Service at 113 Twilight Road and Parker’s Automotive on 127 Monroe Highway. Both had four vehicles damaged. Elrod Pontiac Buick GMC Inc. on the bypass had three vehicles damaged. The windows of several of the cars parked in those lots were shattered.
BB-sized holes were also found in the front windows of Georgia’s Barber Shop on Shiloh Unity Road and in the siding of several homes at Lancaster Mobile Homes.
Lancaster Police Chief Hugh White said those responsible are probably shooting from inside a vehicle, allowing them to leave the scenes quickly. This has also allowed them to hit multiple targets in a short time span.
“We need to put a stop to this,” White said.
White asks the public to look out for suspicious activities, especially if they notice a vehicle in areas people don’t normally see them.
If you see something suspicious, White urges you to report as much detail as you can to the police department, including the description of people and vehicles, as well as license plate numbers.
If you have any information about these incidents, call the Lancaster Police Department at 283-1171 or 283-3313 or the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 283-4136.
Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at email@example.com or at (803) 416-8416