Police release surveillance images after car windows shot out in Summerville
SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Summerville police have released surveillance stills showing a car they consider the suspect vehicle in a string of vandalism cases in Summerville early Tuesday morning.
Police say vandals used pellet guns to shoot out windows of at least 45 cars in several neighborhoods in the Town of Summerville and Dorchester County randomly targeting vehicles.
"What kind of joy do people, kids, whatever firing pellet guns at people's windshields get," victim Melanie Yurczak said. "Setup can in the backyard and have fun that way. You know, it's pointless."
Some victims were awakened by police officers who spotted the shattered windshields.
"I live here seven years and this is the first time I have seen something like this," Armando Perezurbie said.
Victim Brian Hufnagel had to miss work because his car was targeted.
"People out buying their cars, hard earned money, just destroyed them for no reason," Hufnagel said.
Police say it's fortunate only cars and not people were hit by the pellets.
"You never know what you're gonna hit, ricochet off, could be hitting a house," Summerville Police Captain Jon Rogers said.
Authorities are not sure if the same people are responsible for each shooting, but say it is possible all the incidents are connected.
Several victims said they are dealing with the frustration of contacting insurance companies or paying out of pocket to replace the windows.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at (843) 554-1111.
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