A streak of property damage over the weekend left more than 25 people with damaged windows and almost $9,000 worth of damage.


    A streak of property damage over the weekend left more than 25 people with damaged windows and almost $9,000 worth of damage.
    Police Chief John Ball said the police department received 26 separate calls of criminal damage Saturday morning. All were disconcertingly the same: Windows shot out with either a BB or pellet gun either late Friday night or early Saturday morning.
    Everything from cars to businesses was hit.
    Ball said it didn't appear as if there were any real rhyme or reason to the shootings, but rather either one shooter — or a group — was joyriding around town, out to cause some damage.
    "Usually when we have these kind of things, someone's out just to cause problems with no real purpose other than to damage people's property," Ball said.
    Indicative of that, no injuries or attempts at violence were reported.
    Ball said the shooters, if caught, would be in some relatively hot water. On individual criminal damage cases, any damage estimated at more than $1,000 is considered a felony.
    More than a couple of the reported cases topped $1,000.
    "It's serious," he said. "This is somebody's ignorance costing others money. It's very serious to them (property owners)."
    The police department does not have any leads at this time. If anyone has any information, Ball encouraged them to call CrimeStoppers at (620) 227-7867.
   
    Reach Mark Vierthaler at (620) 408-9908 or e-mail him at mark.vierthaler@dodgeglobe.com.