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Warm Weather Bringing Out Vandals

Warm Weather Bringing Out Vandals

Posted - Mar. 25, 2004 at 9:26 p.m.



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Jed Boal ReportingVandalism is a crime that pops up every spring as all of us spend more time out of doors.

Last week four people busted out car windows with baseball bats, and they were caught because people heard the noise and called police. Last night vandals shot out store windows and dozens of car windows, this time police need your help.

The calls started coming in to police around seven this morning--dozens of people woke up and discovered their car windows blown out by B-B's or pellets, from Cottonwood Heights to Holladay.

Allen Gordon works at a paint store in Holladay. He discovered a shattered glass door, a shattered storefront window and other windows riddled with bullets, at least eight shots. Gordon says they were vandalized twice last year.

Allen Gordon, Assistant Manager, Paint Store: “We're on a high profile corner and have a bunch of plate glass windows in the front. We're just an easy target. I think it's just kids out having fun vandalizing."

The vandals must have been at it for quite some time. They hit targets down in Cottonwood Heights, Midvale, Murray, and Holladay. They hit a lot of targets, covered a lot of ground and must have taken a lot of time.

Rosie Rivera, Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office: “It's a group going out. To them it's having a good time. To us it's causing havoc throughout the community."

The senseless destruction makes the victims mad, but Gordon is realistic about it, cleans up, and moves on.

Alan Gordon: “There's not a lot you can do about it. It's the price of doing business. It stinks, but it's the truth."

It's a tough crime to solve while vandals are on the move, but if you hear something that sounds like breaking glass in the middle of the night or see broken windows, call the police so they can get on it quickly.

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