PAINESVILLE, OH (WOIO) - Vandals have recently hit several neighborhoods in two east side suburbs, causing thousands of dollars in damage. Finally, after several weeks of searching for the suspects, police got a break in the case.
Painesville police say several people are connected with the crimes, which also happened in neighboring Fairport Harbor. Police say over 50 cases of vandalism have been reported in Painesville over the last month. The Village of Fairport Harbor had over 30 cases, too.
Businesses, homes and cars were all targeted by vandals with BB guns.
Jaime Estok didn't notice anything unusual at first one morning last week as she walked out to her minivan in the driveway with her 2-year-old son.
"I buckled him in and shut the door and the whole back window just fell completely in. A huge chunk just fell in and got everywhere, and he was terrified and I was terrified," she said.
Estok, who lives in Painesville, wondered if this was a personal attack.
"It's kind of scary now, it takes away your peace of mind and safety you know," she said.
It may not seem like much, but it was enough to set this single mom back.
"Insurance did cover a good chunk of it, but I still had to pay more money. I mean I had the money, but it's for Christmas, you know," she said.
Just a few minutes away downtown, someone shot out two front windows at Green Lake Chinese restaurant.
"We're doing what we can to make sure people know we're open. People poke their heads in and say 'Are you open?' 'Yeah, we're still open,'" said Angie Morgan.
She says it cost over $800 to fix the damage.
"These are people who are very committed to making a living here, very happy to be in the U.S. It's just sad someone would take advantage of a situation like that," Morgan said.
Painesville police say two juveniles and two adults caused all of this damage with BB guns. Right now charges are under review. The suspects could face felonies.
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