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Suspects wanted for vandalizing 7 cars over a 7-day period

Posted at 4:31 PM, Mar 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-27 07:55:39-04

ABERDEEN, Md. — Aberdeen Police are asking for help in finding those responsible for a string of car vandalism's across the city in the last week.

"It’s pretty horrible to hear that somebody's car got damaged and they have to take the time to pay for it and nobody is held accountable," one neighbor said.

Police say reports started coming in on March 18 and they've now heard from seven victims. Police say the suspect or suspects shot at the cars, damaging them and shattering windows. Two cars were damaged with a small caliber handgun and five cars appeared to have damage from a BB gun, according to detectives.

"There was damage to the glass, both windshield and side glass to the vehicles, which obviously comes at an expense to the property owner and an inconvenience to have the vehicle out of service to get it fixed. All the more reason that we need to bring these acts, these senseless acts, to a close," said Lt. Will Reiber, a spokesman for the Aberdeen Police Department.

Reiber says they believe the targets were picked at random but the damaged was clustered in one area. Most of the vehicles were reported damaged in the Swan Meadows community, and one family said they are extremely frustrated. They had to get their van window replaced last week.

The other incidents were reported in the 300 block of Center Deen Avenue and the 700 block of South Philadelphia Boulevard.

Detectives believe the vandalism is happening at night in the area and say they lack suspect information so they are asking for help from the public.

No one was hurt, but Reiber says it certainly poses a threat to public safety.

"We look at it as we have an individual or individuals acting irresponsibly with whatever, whether it be a BB gun on a fire arm. We’re putting those people on notice right now. We are aware of what is going on and we have units that are directed and are out looking right now to bring this to an end," said Reiber.

Police ask anyone with information regarding these crimes to contact the Aberdeen Police Department at 410-272-2121.