Vandal shoots dozens of vehicle windows

Windows on at least 38 vehicles were shot out by someone with a BB gun in Greatwood and New Territory, according to FBCSO Spokesperson Bob Haenel

July 10, 2012 9:10:00 AM PDT
Investigators are looking for those responsible for a rash of vandalism in Fort Bend County.

It was a deputy constable who found the driver's side windows shattered on a vehicle on Stone Arbor Drive in Greatwood early Monday morning.

"I didn't know anything about it until he came and knocked on my door this morning," said victim Kerry Crockett.

It was upsetting, Crockett said, when she saw the SUV she had given her daughter a few years ago for graduation.

"It was sad knowing that somebody came through our neighborhood and did that," she said. "Too much idle time, I guess, for some of these kids in the summer."

The scene repeated itself again and again this weekend. Some victims have already fixed the damage. Others are covered at least partially in plastic to keep the rain out.

Authorities say across Greatwood and New Territory, at least 44 cases of vehicle vandalism were reported this weekend.

"This is more than just a high school teenage prank," said Capt. James Burger with the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office. "This is a serious, potentially felony crime."

Investigators say whoever is responsible has been driving through the neighborhoods late at night, shooting a pellet gun at vehicles, mostly those on the street. The majority of the damage, they say, was to the driver's side only.

So far detectives have located no eyewitnesses. No one can say what the make or model of that vehicle might be.

"This has to stop," said homeowner Helen Lorance. "(The culprit) is making a lot of enemies in this neighborhood."

A truck outside Lorance's home was also hit. Not only did they have surveillance cameras mounted around the house, but her husband is a Houston police officer. She warns those responsible that they are making no friends here.

"You're going to get caught. You're going to get caught and you need to be punished," Lorance said.

Investigators released surveillance video of what is believed to be the suspects' vehicle, hoping to find any information that may lead them to the suspect. At this point they say they don't have much to go on, with no description of the suspect.

Officials are stepping up patrols in Greatwood and New Territory. Anyone with any information that could help is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 281-342-TIPS. A reward is being offered in the case.

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