May 27, 2018
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Vandal armed with BB gun shoots out windows of at least 6 cars in Belfast

Abigail Curtis | BDN
Abigail Curtis | BDN
A man vacuums broken glass out of his car early Wednesday afternoon after a vandal shot out the passenger window with a BB gun sometime overnight. Police are investigating a rash of overnight car window shootings.
By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

BELFAST, Maine — A vandal or vandals went on a crime spree around Belfast sometime late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, shooting out the windows of at least six cars parked around the city with a BB gun.

They also shot out the window of a Miller Street home while the owner was asleep, according to Officer Eric Kelley of the Belfast Police Department, who was investigating the rash of vandalism Wednesday morning.

“If anybody saw anything, we’d be more than happy to get a call,” he said.

Two vehicles parked at Waterfall Arts, a car parked on Front Street, another car parked on High Street, one parked on Cedar Street and another in the Washington Street municipal lot all had their windows broken, Kelley said. He said he wouldn’t be surprised if others found that they also had been vandalized, as reports were continuing to come in.

A young couple vacuuming glass out of their sedan on lower Main Street said that they were visiting from the Augusta area for the community’s popular New Year’s Eve celebration and were distressed that their car had been vandalized.

Cathy Horne of Belfast, whom they were visiting, said that the event was upsetting.

“It’s disappointing to have company come and have to deal with this,” she said. “It’s just too bad. It’s a cost they don’t really need to incur.”

Kelley said that the angles of the shots fired give him reason to believe that the shooter was inside a truck and firing down at the car windows. He said that if anyone had information to share or another incident of vandalism to report, they can call police dispatch at 338-2040.

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