BELFAST, Maine — Local police are continuing to investigate a rash of BB gun vandalism committed on New Year’s Eve that has caused thousands of dollars in damage.
Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham of the Belfast Police Department said that a total of 16 cars, businesses and a residence were used as target practice by an unknown shooter, who also took out some of the new street lights that line the Belfast Harbor Walk.
“If anybody wants to come forward, now’s the time,” Cunningham said, adding that the police now have the name of a possible suspect but have not yet brought forth charges against anyone.
The BB gun shootings are believed to have happened between 8 and 10 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Cunningham said. Because of the extreme cold at the time of the vandalism spree, some people whose car windows were shot out initially believed that the damage happened because of freezing temperatures.
A Belfast resident came forward to tell police he had witnessed someone in a small, tan-colored two-door car taking potshots early that evening by the Harbor Walk. Police are waiting to review digital security footage provided by a downtown business to see if any of the vandalism was caught on camera.
Several vehicles were hit and windows were damaged at the Weathervane Seafood Restaurant, the Belfast Harbormaster’s office and a Miller Street residence. Cunningham said police are certain the culprit used a BB gun because Officer Eric Kelley found a BB pellet between panes of glass.
Anyone with information about the vandalism is urged to call the Belfast Police Department at 338-2040.