Vandals armed with some sort of pellet or BB gun have been at it again in Red Deer.
RCMP received reports on Sunday of another five broken vehicle windshields — three of which appear to have been caused by a pellet or high-powered BB gun-type weapon.
The latest damaged vehicles were located in the Eastview area near 44th Street and Embury Crescent. They were hit sometime overnight Saturday, said Red Deer RCMP Cpl. Mike Evans on Monday.
The vandalism spree is similar to a couple weeks ago when three vehicles were damaged by pellets or BBs in the Morrisroe area, only a few blocks from the latest incident.
Police said prior to the latest vandalism spree they also received reports of seven windshields smashed in near the Wedgewood Gardens apartments southwest of Parkland Mall on the west side of Gaetz Avenue.
It is not clear if the incidents are linked. There is nothing to indicate that the windshield damage near the Wedgewood apartments was caused by a pellet or BB weapons of some kind, said Evans.
While there are more similarities between the recent Eastview damage and the vandalism that occurred in Morrisroe around Nov. 14, police do not know at this point if they are linked, said Evans.
In none of the cases does it appear theft was a motive. Police have not had any reports of items stolen from the damaged vehicles.
Police continue to investigate and ask that anyone who saw anything suspicious in the Eastview area last weekend or may have home security or door cam video that has captured potentially useful images – to give RCMP a call at 403-343-5575.
At least one person has had a vehicle damaged on two separate occasions, however, police do not believe anyone is being targeted.
“It appears to be a crime of opportunity.”
Besides the vehicle damage, there is a danger someone could be hit by a ricocheting pellet or BB, say police.
Under city bylaws, it is illegal to shoot any weapon that fires a projectile capable of causing bodily injury or death within city limits. This includes guns, air rifles, BB guns, gas-powered guns, sling shots and all types of archery equipment. (The only exceptions are for peace officers or others authorized to carry firearms as part of their duties).