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Vandals taking aim at car windows in Lebanon County

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MYERSTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) -

Police are looking for the vandals who have been shooting out car windows across eastern Lebanon County.

The most recent incidents occurred sometime between Monday and Tuesday in Myerstown and Schaefferstown.

State police in Jonestown said the passenger side window was shot out of a red Ford F-250 on the sale lot at Wolfe's Auto Sales, on North Ramona Road in Myerstown, and the rear window was shot out of a green Subaru station wagon in the 100 block of South Market Street in Schaefferstown.

In each of the cases, it is believed that a BB gun was used to shoot the vehicle windows.

"These are random acts," Trooper Nathan Trate said. "This is what we might consider joyriding."

For George Wolfe, owner of Wolfe's Auto Sales, it was no joy at all.

"I discovered it Wednesday morning. It was sitting right here, seen a BB through the window," Wolfe said. "Insurance won't pay for it, so I had to fix it myself."

Police said each of the incidents is believed to be connected to a "known pattern" taking place in Myerstown and Richland boroughs and Jackson, Millcreek and Heidelberg townships.

"Possibly connected to theft from motor vehicles and burglaries in the area, too," Trate said. "More than likely, it's someone that's a teenager that has access to a BB gun or is with their buddy and they're shooting out windows."

Some of the shots have been fired at moving vehicles.

"It is considerably dangerous because what it does is, it will distract a driver," Trate said. "When a driver's window shatters, they could swerve and hit another car."

Police said the vandals would face criminal mischief charges.

"Hopefully they catch them," Wolfe said. "I want them to pay for it."

Other police departments in Lebanon County have reported similar incidents, but are hesitant to connect them.

Anyone with information is asked to call state police in Jonestown at (717) 865-2194.

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