UPDATE @ 4:30 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A crime spree spanning two cities. About a dozen neighbors in Charleston and South Charleston woke up to find their car windows shot out by a pellet gun.
Now police are fed up and want these vandals off the street.
Charleston police said they’ve had 20 reports of this kind of vandalism in the past month. After Wednesday night’s spree, they’re asking anyone with information to come forward.
Victoria Willis didn’t think she’d have to wake up Thursday morning and sweep glass off the street.
"I closed my door to get ready to start the vehicle and go to work and the rear glass exploded," Willis said.
Willis had no idea someone shot a pellet at her car while it was parked along Montrose Avenue in South Charleston.
"I parked the vehicle about 7 p.m. last night and didn't hear any noises or dogs barking or anything," WIllis said.
In Charleston, miles away on Keystone Drive Matthew Stephenson woke up to the exact same problem.
"The whole thing cracked straight through and when I first saw it, it looked like it was the normal, you know morning dew that would get on it, or the condensation,” Stephenson said. “But then when I looked closer it was obvious that the entire thing just cracked and shattered.
Someone shot out his back windshield with a pellet gun.
"You just wonder what exactly is going on with people these days,” he said. “It doesn't seem like people respect people's property as much."
Police in South Charleston said eight cars were shot up in their city Thursday night and even more were vandalized in Charleston.
"It's tough,” Lt. Guy Amburgey, South Charleston Police Department said. “People work hard for what they have and insurance costs a lot and you have this kind of stuff and it can just compound problems."
"It's foolish and ridiculous,” Lt. Steve Cooper, Charleston Police Department said. “And we just ask that someone, even if it's anonymous, just tell us who the culprit is and we'll get 'em."
Neighbors hope so too because they say enough is enough.
"It's a shame, likely it's kids that are doing it and don't have anything better to do," South Charleston resident, George Kessler said.
Montrose Avenue was the only area hit Wednesday night in South Charleston, including a house that had a window damaged.
In Charleston, Keystone Drive was hit but over the past month they’ve had cars vandalized in the South Hills and West Side.
Police believe all of these crimes are connected.
If you have any information, you’re asked to give them a call.
Homeowners say the cars were shot sometime late Wednesday or early Thursday morning along Montrose Drive.
Metro 911 dispatchers say they have also gotten reports of damaged cars on Keystone Drive in Charleston.
No one was hurt in the incidents.
So far no arrests have been made in connection with the shootings.
If you know anything you are asked to call South Charleston Police.
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