Vandals shoot out 25 windows in vehicles

Published 11:35 am Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Glass from a shattered car window litters the gutter on Drummond Street Tuesday morning.

Glass from a shattered car window litters the gutter on Drummond Street Tuesday morning.

Windows were shot out of more than two dozen vehicles with a BB gun Monday in Vicksburg, and Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.

Between 6:18 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday, windows were reported shot out of 25 cars across the city, police Capt. Sandra Williams said, though it is believed all the shootings happened “throughout the night or early morning.”

“It looks as though they were on the south end of town and went into the Enchanted Hills area,” Williams said. “It’s all over the city.”

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The malicious mischief appears to have begun in the Drummond Street area — Drummond, National, Markam, Polk and Urban Court.

Many residents say that they have suffered vandalism before, but it has been years since they’ve seen anything like the past few weeks.

“The last time one of our car windows were busted (was) maybe four or five years ago,” Drummond Street resident Tondia Ferracci said.

Monday morning Ferracci was woken up by officers alerting her to the damage, but she was able to get her car fixed Monday.

Burglary did not appear to be a motive.

“They didn’t unlock the door, they didn’t get in, they didn’t take anything,” said Jeanne Evans, whose husband’s red Ford Ranger had a broken driver’s side window.

After apparently leaving the Drummond Street area, the malicious mischief continued onto East Avenue, Edna Drive and Military Avenue and then along Eisenhower, and Enchanted Drive, Kings Row and Hillside Drive.

The mischief is believed to be linked to reports of graffiti spray-painted on cars and walls and other vandalism reported July 3 around Drummond Street and Vicksburg High School, Williams said.

Missy and James Arnold said their vehicles were not damaged Monday, but they did have spray paint damage to a wall and trashcan during the first round of vandalism.

The Arnolds said they are committed to keeping an eye out for the community and keeping in contact with the police department.

“They need to stay in touch with us, and we need to be on the lookout because they can’t be everywhere,” James Arnold said.

“We encourage anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers,” Williams said.

Central Mississippi Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest of a felony suspect. The number of Crime Stoppers is 601-355-8477. Callers remain anonymous and do not have to testify in court.


Staff Writer Alana Norris contributed to this report.