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BB guns shot in Howard

Police say this car's window was shot out in Howard on September 14, 2017. (Photo credit: WLUK)

HOWARD (WLUK) -- BB gun holes scattered throughout a Howard neighborhood had sheriff's deputies busy Thursday night and Friday morning.

Some home and vehicle windows were damaged, as well as siding on some homes.

Damage was reported on Hillcrest Heights, Settlers Row, Clarence Court, Poels Road, Woodale Ave, and Alfa Romeo Rd.

A 10 p.m. visit from police is how Russ Hewitt found out his son-in-law's truck window was shot out.

“We came out to look at the vehicle and then my grandson came up to me and said he heard some noise,” said Hewitt. “He thought a bug or something hit the window. So for the heck of it we went and checked here. We shined a flashlight and the cops found another bullet hole right there by the window.”

The hole came within inches of Hewitt’s grandson's window.

“If it had gone through the window, it could have been a completely different story,” said Hewitt.

A variety of other homes and vehicles in the area were also hit, like Kelsie Cumber's brother's Lexus.

“I think it’s awful,” said Cumber. “I don't know why someone would do that.”

Sheriff's deputies aren't sure either.

“It's not like Christmas Story, be careful you'll shoot your eye out with a BB gun,” said Jim Dagneau, the direct enforcement officer for the Village of Howard. “Yes, potentially it could be dangerous, but its more the fact that they're just doing stupid random acts of vandalism and destroying other people's property.”

To show its serious about catching the people responsible, the Village of Howard is offering a $200 reward for any information that leads to an arrest. That money is on top of any reward Crime Stoppers might offer, which depends on the information provided.

“Kind of funny what this is coming to,” said Hewitt. “When we were kids we used to raid gardens and stuff like that. Nothing like this.”

Witnesses told deputies that they saw two vehicles together that they believe the suspects were using in the vandalism. One is described as a large red or burgundy Ford pickup truck. The other is an older model, four-door, gray sedan.

Officials say no one was hurt.

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