Windows shot out of 51 cars

Published 9:45 am Thursday, August 13, 2015

Vandals apparently using a BB gun shot out windows of more than 50 vehicles in Warren County, and investigators were following leads and reviewing security footage Thursday morning.

Wednesday, the sheriff’s office took 36 separate reports involving windows shot out of 51 vehicles, Sheriff Martin Pace said. The vandalism is believed to have occurred late Tuesday and into early Wednesday, he said.

“This appears to be completely random. There appears to be no common denominator between the victims other than they were parked close to the road,” Pace said. “There is nothing to indicate any of these victims were specifically targeted.”

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The damage extended through Oak Park subdivision, Lee Road, Gibson Road, China Grove, Warriors Trail and Haleys Point, Pace said.

“It also involved some of the smaller side streets on each of those roads,” Pace said.

Reports came in throughout the day Wednesday as residents noticed the broken windows. Deputies on patrol also discovered several broken windows, all apparently shot out with a BB gun.  Burglary did not appear to be a motive, and nothing was reported stolen from vehicles with broken windows, Pace said.

“This was senseless destruction of property,” he said.

Several homes along the route of vandalism have security cameras.

“We are in the process of reviewing some security footage from some of the homes where damage occurred,” Pace said.

Anyone with information about the vandalism is encouraged to call Warren County Sheriff’s Office at 601-636-1761 or Central Mississippi Crime Stoppers at 601-355-8477. Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest of a felony suspect. Callers remain anonymous and do not have to testify in court.

A Crime Stoppers tip helped Vicksburg police solve a similar string of vandalisms in July.

Police received 37 reports of windows shot out of vehicles and businesses with a BB gun between July 12 and July 15.

Damian Jones, 19, and four 18-year-olds, Qunicy Brown, Travious Jackson, Robert Devoils and Joques Pierce were all charged with three counts of felony malicious mischief. In addition, six juveniles were detained and charged with felony malicious mischief. The case against the juveniles was handled in Warren County Youth Court where outcomes are confidential.