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Vandals in CR shoot 156 windows with BB guns

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) --  Cedar Rapids police say they've received more than 150 reports of vandals shooting out widnows across the city over the weekend.

As of Noon Monday, Cedar Rapids Police Department took 156 reports of Criminal Mischief of windows being shot out by a BB. The windows were primarily car windows.

Police say the crimes happened between 7:45 PM on Saturday, February 28 through 3:15 AM on March 1. The damage was wide-spread throughout the city, with no particular quadrant more susceptible than others.

Here is a breakdown of the activity from Cedar Rapids Police:  

Northeast: Damage reported between 7:45-9:45 PM Saturday and 11:15-3:15 AM on Sunday.

Northwest: Damage reported between 9:30-11:15 PM on Saturday

Southwest: Damage reported 7:45-9:15 PM, 10:15-11:15 PM Saturday and 1:15-2:15 AM on Sunday.        

Several of the victims reported seeing a suspicious vehicle in their neighborhood prior to finding the damage but there was a variety of different vehicles reported. The Police Department is following up on the reported vehicles.        

The Cedar Rapids Police Department is currently working on repealing the current Firearms and Fireworks ordinance and replacing it with an improved Firearms and Fireworks ordinance. The city has experienced on an average, 1170 criminal mischief reports per year, involving BB guns and paintball guns. This accounts for ½ of all of the Criminal Mischief reports each year. 

The city says eplacing the shot-out windows can cost about $200 per window which equals about $1.4 million dollars damage over the last 6 years. That would be $33,200 damage to this weekend's report alone.

The proposed BB Gun Ordinance would make it illegal to carry or have in a person's possession any loaded or uncased air gun, gas or air operated pellet gun or firearm. The ordinance will be presented to Council for discussion and then will be read at Council meetings upcoming meetings.  It will continue under the new ordinance to be illegal to shoot any of the above mentioned guns in public.

On January 22, 2009, the Cedar Rapids Police Department arrested 3 individuals responsible for shooting out numerous windows with a BB gun. These individuals were charged with Criminal Mischief 2nd which is a Class D Felony.

If police charged people in connection with this weekend's spree, they could be charged with Criminal Mischief 1st, a Class C Felony, punishable with 10 years in prison and a fine of a minimum of $500.        

If the public has information, call 1-800-CR-CRIME. Callers remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.

Online Producer:  JJ Murray

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