Window-shattering vandal sought in West Melbourne

30 incidents reported since beginning of year

WEST MELBOURNE, Fla. - Windows are shattered at business after business and it's happening all over two busy parts of West Melbourne.

The vandalism has happened at least 30 times around West New Haven Avenue and Wickham Road. Police say the suspects are breaking the store front windows by shooting a ball bearing with either a sling shot or a similar device.

"They got access into my store," said Kim Rich, owner of Patio Depot. "There was a hole and the police just reached around and unbolted it and called me on my own phone. We have been cleaning glass up ever since." Patio Depot was just one of the several stores hit by vandalism in the past several months.

About a mile away, workers were replacing the store front window at Sun Clean Dry Cleaners. Janice Turnboaugh, manager of the Sun Clean Dry Cleaners, said, "It's frustrating because it takes all this time to clean up and the expense."

Police aren't just worried about the property damage this deadly weapon can cause, but more about keeping people in the community safe before someone gets hurt.

"They need to be caught," said Rich. Police said the suspects will be charged with shooting a deadly missile into a building, which is a second degree felony, as well as criminal mischief when the suspects are caught.

If you have any information about this case, you're asked to contact Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.

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