Police say BB gun vandalism has stopped since suspects located

2012-01-10T13:00:00Z 2012-01-24T16:35:19Z Police say BB gun vandalism has stopped since suspects locatedGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
January 10, 2012 1:00 pm  • 

Police believe they have found the people involved in more than 300 cases of vandalism over the holidays that left Billings driveways and sidewalks covered in shattered glass and caused between $100,000 and $200,000 in damage.

The Billings Police Department received around 300 reports of vandalism from Dec. 26 through the start of the year involving broken vehicle windows.

Most of the cases involved windows being shot out with a BB gun, with another 10 or 12 damaged by a rock or baseball bat.

Two cases involved vehicle arsons.

Lt. Kevin Iffland said Tuesday that detectives have tracked down suspects they believe are responsible for the vandalism. Charges have yet to be filed.

“So far, all of the suspects that they have been dealing with are all juveniles,” Iffland said, adding that they range in age from 14 to 16 years old.

With the suspects located, Iffland said the department has not received any other reports of similar vandalism.

After detectives wrap up investigations, the case will be sent over to the Yellowstone County Attorney’s Office for review, Iffland said.



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