SEMINOLE, Fla. - Hundreds of Pinellas County residents were surprised to find their cars damaged by random acts of vandalism. BB holes riddled the vehicles and in some cases shattered the glass.
Detectives were sent through several neighborhoods of Pinellas County after more than 220 incidents of vandalism were reported. Cases began trickling in as people woke up to find window damage to their cars, homes and businesses.
It is believed the person used a BB gun in all of the attacks. The damaged was extensive. Particles left from the windows were scattered over the ground and inside the cars. The damage left many without a vehicle. Sheriff's deputies were kept busy primarily in the Seminole and Largo neighborhoods with a few calls coming from Harbor Bluffs.
Understandibly, many of the victims were not happy with what they found. "When I came out this morning the back was all broken up for the most part and lying on the ground." said John Heintz.
Another resident hopes the person who did this is found. "If they get caught, God help them, they're going to be in a lot of trouble." Terry Tripp
Heintz is a Seminole neighborhood resident who first noticed cars on his block had busted windows. He woke up his other neighbors and then called the sheriffs office. His car alone cost $1,000 to repair today.
Troop has yet to fix his car window. Luckily his insurance will cover it. He says he's not scared but wonders what those responsible might shoot at next.
Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is asking for help in solving the crimes. Anyone with information that will help is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873- TIPS or the sheriff's office at 727-582-6200.
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