BB Gun Vandalism Continues For 2nd Night In Hutchinson

By: Chris Frank / Associated Press Email
By: Chris Frank / Associated Press Email

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UPDATE: Thursday, October 25, 2012

Hutchinson police report vandals continued their spree of shooting out windows across the city for a second night in a row.

Sgt. Glenn McMurray said reports of broken windows starting coming in about 9 p.m. Wednesday. The number of overnight reports was not available early Thursday.

That was after police received close to 30 vandalism reports between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Police have no description of any suspects.

Police believe the suspects are using a car because the vandalism is spread across Hutchinson.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Vandals struck in KAKEland Tuesday evening, leaving a path of destruction throughout Hutchinson. Police say windows were broken out of homes and businesses. Nearly 20 cases have been reported so far.

The destruction, caused by vandals with a BB gun, happened between 8:15 p.m. and 8:40 p.m.

Sarah Cox and her family discovered the damage soon after it happened and were among the first to call police.

Police say there are 17 to 20 complaints of window vandalism throughout the city, not just in a particular neighborhood.

"These kids just don't understand,” Cox says. “Not only did they break a window, but they're taking away money from my family that I have to pay to fix this."

Cox says it’ll cost her $218 out of pocket to replace the glass. It’s not unusual for insurance deductibles to be higher than this type of damage.

“Obviously we take anything like this very seriously,” says Hutchinson Police Lt. Thad Pickard. “A lot of people are going to be out some money. We want to be able to have the suspects caught and hopefully get that paid back in the end."

Jamie Eddington is succinct and to the point in reacting to her car window being shot.

"It just sucks," Eddington says.

Vandalism is such the head-scratcher and always has been. It’s puzzling to victims what the vandals get out of it. They don’t get anything they can take with them; they just leave misery for others.

"I think it's crazy,” says Kim Yingling, one victim of the vandalism. “I don't know why anybody would want to do this to anybody to their house, their car, their business."

Businesses were also victims, including a Hutch bank, farmers co-op, the local zoo and the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center.

“It could have been a lot worse than it was,” says Becky Christner of the Cosmosphere, where the outer side of a double-paned window had been shattered. “If both had gotten broken, it would have been a lot more cost. And some of our artifacts might have gotten damaged."

Vandalism victims like Sarah Cox say they'd really like to see the suspects caught, but also made to pay for this destruction. Otherwise, like she says, it'll come out of her own pocket.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Police say they are investigating a widespread outbreak of vandalism overnight in Hutchinson.

So far, 17 cases have been reported but police expect there will be more.

Police say someone shot out windows with a BB gun at businesses, homes and some vehicles.

The Hutchinson News reports police suspect the vandals traveled around town, shooting BB guns.

No suspects have been identified.

Police Lt. Thad Pickard said such damage usually occurs in one section of town but last night's vandalism was spread throughout the town.

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