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Vandalism spree costly in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Dozens of Cedar Rapidians are calling their insurance companies and shelling out cash this week, after a string of vandalism that happened Saturday night into Sunday morning.

As of noon Monday, the police department had received 156 reports of windows, mostly on vehicles, being shot out by a pellet gun. Police estimate more than $33,000 dollars in property damage. Sergeant Cristy Hamblin says vandalism of this magnitude only adds insult to injury, for residents who are still dealing with a rough economy and a devastating flood.

It meant a busy week for Chuck Pertzsch, manager of the Auto Glass Center. "This one's about as big as I've seen," he said of the crime spree. His shop got flooded with calls Monday morning.

"It's probably well over a hundred that we've received calls on."

Pertzsch was replacing mostly side windows on vehicles, because many of them were parked on the sides of roads at the time the vandalisms occurred. He says the cost to repair them varies, depending on vehicle and glass type. "We've seen a lot coming in around the $200 to $250 mark, but some can be over $500," he said.

Sgt. Hamblin showed us that damage was done across all corners of the city. "Even all the way down near Kirkwood Community College," she said, pointing at a map. She believes it's a small group shooting from a moving vehicle, explaining how they were able to cover such a large area overnight. She's asking people to keep an eye out for suspicious activity.

"If you hear a car driving by, look out to see what's going on."

If convicted, the vandal or vandals could face 10 years in prison and a $500 fine, plus restitution. The Linn County Attorney's office told us that if they're juveniles, their parents could also be held responsible in court if the owners of the damaged vehicles decided to file suit.

Online Reporter - Brady Smith

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