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Vandalism spree reported by Cd'A police

| April 14, 2010 9:00 PM

COEUR d'ALENE - A spree of BB or pellet gun attacks in numerous Coeur d'Alene neighborhoods early Monday morning caused more than $5,000 in damage.

Several residents told police that side and rear windows on trucks, SUVs and passenger vehicles were shot with what appeared to be a BB gun. One business on Appleway had three large windows damaged.

Coeur d'Alene Police Sgt. Christie Wood said police are investigating more than 20 cases of malicious injury to property that have been reported since April 9.

There are no suspects, but at least two of the victims told police they believed juveniles caused the damage. It appears the vandals drove around between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. and randomly targeted vehicles parked in streets and driveways. No items were reported missing from any of the cars.

One victim said all three vehicles parked in the driveway outside her home were damaged by BBs.

Some of the streets where the victims live include West Fairway Drive, West Hogan Street, Julia Street, Adirondak Court, Lunceford Lane, Stiner Avenue, Seventh, Ninth, 10th, 12th, 13th and Appleway.

Japan House, 605 W. Appleway, reported $1,500 in damage to three large windows on the east side of the building.

"It appeared the windows had been shot with a BB gun," the police report said.

A Japan House manager reported seeing a chubby teen, about 5-9 with sandy hair and a dark brown hoodie, walk past the restaurant's windows the night before the BB gun shootings.

"The male placed his hand near his chest and opened his jacket," the report said. The manager told police he first thought the male had made an obscene gesture, "but now believes he was possibly trying to show him a BB gun."

Police are asking citizens to report any suspicious vehicles or activities.

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