Turlock Hit with Rash of Car Vandalism; Some Possibly Shot with Pellet Gun

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TURLOCK--

A rash of vandalized cars in Turlock has families worried.

The Turlock Police Department said more than 20 cars have had their windows broken, some possibly with BB guns, all happened overnight within the last week.

Most of the cars in an East Turlock neighborhood we visited on Thursday are now in driveways, tucked away in garages, including Nic Sims' Chevy Traverse.

“It's frustrating to keep repairing your car,” Sims said.

Sims said both of his family’s cars were vandalized within days of each other last week. Police officers said they’ve noticed a pattern with these vandalism cases, all of the cars had been parked on the street.

Mobile glass shops in town believe that number could be even higher.

"We’ve actually scheduled over 30 jobs so far totaling probably over $7,000 worth of damages,” Stacy Veronese, the manager of the Don’s Mobile Glass shop in Turlock, told FOX40.

Veronese said they’ve been very busy repairing windows and admits some of her customers have not reported the crime to police.

"I know that a lot of customers aren’t reporting it because of the fact that they think it’s not going to do any good,” she explained.

Police officers told FOX40 they’re not sure how the vandals damage the cars, but they’ve had at least one person report they used a BB gun.

“It’s really kind of a sad situation. I really feel sorry for a lot of the people,” Veronese said.

Regardless of the weapon used, it’s still a crime. A rash of broken windows that families hope will end soon.

“I hope it stops because you know it could be really dangerous,” Sims said.

Officers said the only description they have of the suspect’s vehicle is that it has a loud exhaust. They’ve also setup a tip line at (209) 668-5550 ext.6780.