Windows Shot Out of Up to 100 Vehicles

Sergeant Brent Barbee, APD
Sergeant Brent Barbee, APD

Those responsible for a series of overnight vandalisms in Amarillo could face felony charges. But the Amarillo Police Department needs your help catching the criminals first.

Police tell me the windows of up to 100 vehicles were shot out with a BB gun or a pellet gun early this morning, the majority being in south Amarillo.

APD says vandalism is a serious offense especially with this volume of cases. The offender could face a third degree felony, if the damage totals $20,000 or more.

Sergeant Brent Barbee says, "You could start looking at people going to prison for it. For a felony grade criminal mischief over a certain dollar amount."

A third degree felony requires a minimum of two and a maximum of ten years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Officers tell us between 4:30am and 11am dispatchers took 60 calls from residents reporting vehicle vandalism and found an additional 20 to 30 incidents on their own.

"The officers on the midnight shift started making reports and they worked on reports all throughout their shift. When day shift came on they started working on reports also," says Barbee.

One of those victims is William Shellberg who says his car alarm went off at midnight. "I looked outside and didn't see anything, but this morning when I came out I found this window had been shot out. Vandalism by a bunch of thugs."

Shellberg says he and some of his neighbors plan to install home security cameras.

The Amarillo Police Department is asking for your help finding those responsible for the vandalism.

If you have any information call Crime Stoppers and 374-4400.