Many people in Springfield were forced to pick up the pieces — literally — after their car windows were shot at sometime between Monday evening and Tuesday morning.
Police said they received at least 20 reports of randomly busted or shot out windows, but they didn’t have a suspect in the cases as of Tuesday evening.
Many of the reports were around the area of Sturgeon Street, but vandalism was also reported on the east, west and north sides of town.
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Susan Ott, who lives on South Clairmont Avenue said she noticed the damage when she went outside to scrape her windshield in the morning, only to find her driver’s side window was shattered.
“I don’t understand what gratification someone gets from something like this,” she said.
She and her grandsons spent the morning sweeping up broken glass from the street before taking the vehicle to a repair shop. Ott said the repair would cost her about $165.
“There’s no reasoning for it. It’s just total destruction without any remorse,” she said. “We’re fortunate enough right now I do have the money to get my window fixed, but all those that don’t — it’s just shameful.”
She said her neighborhood has their own watch program, but when she talked with her neighbors on Tuesday, no one had seen or heard anything unusual. Springfield police said the crimes happened between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.
Many of the reports said that the windows appeared to be shot out with a pellet gun.
Cedrick Reynolds, who lives on West High Street, said he went outside to find his rear driver’s side window with a hole in it, and the rest of the window shattered.
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His vehicle was expected to be fixed by Tuesday night and cost him between $120-$140.
“That’s money out of my pocket for no reason,” he said. “I just hope they find whoever did it.”
Reynolds said another one of his vehicles was damaged last July when vandals shot out over 30 car windows with a BB gun.
Three people were taken into custody in that incident.
Police are asking anyone with information or possible video surveillance of the crimes to call them at 937-324-7680.
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