City police said the three males seen in this car have been accused of shooting out the windows of more than 60 vehicles, and several area businesses, this weekend. The vehicle is a medium gray or silver 2009-11 Chevrolet Malibu. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective M. Nicosia at 491-1311 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222. (Special to the American Press)
This Ford Focus is one of more than 60 vehicles that were damaged this weekend by a trio on unknown suspects. (Special to the American Press)
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 6:47 PM
Lynn Loughney has had the windows of her car broken out three times in the six years she has lived in Lake Charles.
The latest incident happened Saturday night in an act of vandalism that encompassed more than 60 vehicles across several city streets.
About $50,000 worth of damage was done to the vehicles and several businesses, Lake Charles police spokesman Mark Kraus said in a news release Tuesday.
Kraus, who issued the release after the American Press requested information, said the windows were believed to be shot out with a CO2 BB or pellet pistol.
The 61 cases of property damage happened between 9 p.m. Saturday and 5:30 a.m. Sunday on Pear, Rena, Tulip, Rose, 11th, 21st, Ryan, Pine, Tousand and Orrin streets, as well as Louisiana Avenue, Kraus said.
Police are searching for three male suspects in a medium gray or silver 2009 to 2011 Chevrolet Malibu, with factory chrome rims, he said. The vehicle may be an LT edition and may have tinted windows, Kraus said.
Nothing was stolen from Loughney’s car, which had two windows shot out, she said.
“It’s like any sort of vandalism,” Loughney said. “There’s no reason for it that makes sense to the rational mind.”
She said the vandals were probably “someone with too much time on their hands and no one watching what they’re doing.”
Most of the 15 or so vehicles repaired by ACES Glass & Mirror shop had their rear or side windows shattered, said Rosemary Abadie, co-owner, and Penny Fox, secretary.
The same was true at Allied Glass and Mirror, which repaired 11 to 12 vehicles, said Don Johnson, manager.
Cost to repair a car window generally ranges from $150 to $250, although Johnson said his shop repaired a Mercedes-Benz window that cost $400 to replace.
“It’s expensive,” Johnson said. “If you don’t have good, comprehensive insurance with a low deductible, it comes straight out of the customer’s pocket.”
Abadie said one customer, from Waco, Texas, couldn’t wait until the correct fit of glass could be found, so the windows were taped so that the car could be driven back to Texas.
Abadie said that customers said they didn’t have items stolen from the cars, just busted windows.
Still, it was a good opportunity to remind people not to leave items in plain sight in vehicles, Johnson said, “so it doesn’t tempt anybody.”
He said he sees an increase in broken windows from vehicle theft around the holidays.