EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSVANDALS CAUSE DAMAGE
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Property Targeted By Vandals In South Charleston, Charleston
Reported by: Ashley Smith
Videographer: Anthony Lewis
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Also Contributing: Matt Durrett
Reported: Aug. 16, 2012 9:01 AM EDT
Updated: Aug. 17, 2012 6:14 AM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
More than a dozen Kanawha County residents woke up to broken vehicle windows Thursday morning. Vandals are responsible for firing some sort of pellet gun at vehicles on four different streets in the county.
"It's uncalled for,” Kanawha County resident Bridget Crist said. “I mean there's no reason for people to be doing stuff like this.”
Bridget Crist and Candace Lau are just two of the more than a dozen car vandalism victims in Kanawha County. Five of those were on Keystone Drive just outside of Charleston.
Police believe a BB or pellet gun was used in all of the crimes. They say the vandalism happened overnight Wednesday.
"I woke up and I was about to go to work,” Crist said. “I saw that my back window was busted out, so I got everyone up to let them know that we got our cars busted."
Crist said her insurance will not cover the damage, and she does not know how she will afford to pay out-of-pocket to fix her car.
"I am very angry," she said. "I'm very upset because I have to pay for this now, and I don't have the money to pay for it."
Lau also was upset about the damage. "We shouldn't have to pay for other people's vandalism," Lau said.
In South Charleston on Montrose Drive, it was a similar scene early Thursday morning. Eight cars and one home were damaged. But the path of destruction extended much farther. On Churchill Drive in Charleston, three more cars were shot.
Now dozens of car owners are left to pick up the pieces and try to figure out why they were targeted in such a senseless crime.
South Charleston resident Bobbi Spaulding said, "Kids think this is funny. It's not funny. It costs people money to have these things replaced," Spaudling said.
Charleston police say this also has been happening on the West Side for a couple of weeks. They suspect the same person or people are involved in all of the incidents.
Authorities are asking residents with information about the crimes to call their local law enforcement agency.
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