Malicious mischief claims windows in mid-week crime spree

Published 9:56 am Friday, January 8, 2016

At least eighteen complaints of malicious mischief were reported to the Vicksburg Police Department starting Tuesday night and into Thursday morning.

Windows of vehicles parked on Short, Oak, Laurel and Drummond streets in Vicksburg appear to have been shot out by a pellet gun Tuesday night, Vicksburg police Capt. Sandra Williams said. Wednesday night more windows were busted on Ethel Street, Arcadia Place and Parkside and Long Meadow drives, including two reports at businesses on South Frontage Road, Williams said.

Reports of the vandalism started coming in around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and continued to come in Thursday as late as 5 a.m., Williams said. She expected more reports could come in throughout the day as people left their homes and discovered the damage. She said she has several officers investigating the incidents.

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Perry Boyd said officers responded quickly once they found out what happened. He received a knock on his door around 11 p.m. Tuesday night by officers notifying him that vandalism had occurred in the area.

“They were pretty quick on the response because they had to come to us because we didn’t have a clue it happened. They were already aware of it pretty quick,” Boyd said. “They were just trying to get everybody to know so that they didn’t have to get up in the morning to see they had busted glass. They were trying to get everybody involved so they could get ahead of it.”

Boyd and the officers found that his Chevrolet V71 parked on Laurel Street had the passenger side window shot out. It cost him $185 to replace.

“He said I was like the fifth or sixth one they’d done that to that night,” Boyd said. “I guess they were hitting neighborhood after neighborhood hitting different vehicles.”

Boyd said five years ago someone threw a brick through one of the windows on his wife’s vehicle to steal a laptop from inside. This time, nothing was taken.

“This was more of a vandalism than people trying to steal anything,” Boyd said.

This type of malicious mischief became common this summer in Vicksburg and Warren County.

A set of 19-year-old twins and a 17-year-old were jailed in August in a string of vandalism that damaged more than 50 vehicles in Warren County.

Dylan S. Parker and Devin C. Parker, both of 2606 Old Highway 27, were charged with felony malicious mischief, according to Warren County Jail records. The 17-year-old was taken to the Warren County Youth Detention Center, Sheriff Martin Pace said.

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.

“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.