Vandals Shoot Out Windows in Columbia County

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COLUMBIA COUNTY -- More than two dozen people in the Bloomsburg area had their car windows shot out by a pellet gun.

Elaine Kramer showed us the damage to the back of her vehicle after someone shot at it with a pellet gun. It happened early Monday morning outside her house near Bloomsburg.

"My whole window was out. Gone. And my son's car was also hit," Kramer said.

Police all over Columbia County are investigating the vandalism, which they believe is connected. There were more than two dozen complaints, 16 of which are in Bloomsburg alone.

"Although it doesn't cause a personal injury, it is an expensive thing to have to deal with," Chief Roger Van Loan said.

Bloomsburg Police Chief Roger Van Loan says more and more people have called after noticing their vehicles were shot by a pellet gun. Kramer does not know how much it will cost to replace her window because the glass repair shop was closed when she stopped by. Her neighbor woke her up after the vandalism.

"Their van was going to be the next one to get it. They're going down the road hitting whatever comes up. Then he went chasing them of course. But they didn't catch them," Kramer said.

In addition to all of the vehicles that were vandalized, a business was also damaged. M&M carpet one along Route 11 had its windows shot at.

Another business also has damage from the vandalism. W.W. Bridal Boutique in Bloomsburg was shot at, too. Van Loan says as far as preventing the vandalism, there is not much you can do.

"We ask that those in the community be observant to see who or what looks suspicious in their neighborhood," Van Loan said.

If you know anything about the vandalism, you are asked to call your local police department.

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