Claremore police step up patrols after cars damaged during weekend streak of vandalism

Posted at 4:21 PM, Aug 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-14 17:21:08-04

CLAREMORE, Okla. -- Several families need to make pricey, unexpected repairs after someone went around this weekend vandalizing cars.

Claremore police took at least six reports of damage Saturday and Sunday from people whose car windows were either smashed or shot out.

Taylor Cook said an officer knocked on his door at about 3 a.m. Sunday to tell him that someone busted the back window on his Mini Cooper.

"Just looking at it, I was shocked," Cook said about the damage. "I was shocked."

He found the piece of concrete used to break the window lying under a floor mat. Police told him that other neighbors reported similar damage throughout his neighborhood near Sioux Avenue and Park Street.

An officer woke up one of Cook's neighbors Sunday morning with some bad news. Someone had thrown a large rock through the back window of his 2015 red Mustang. Another family had the back window of their minivan broken out, too.

Further south at a home near Reavis Road and 9th Street South, a man said he saw two children shoot twice at his car window Sunday. One BB pellet made a dent where it hit outside the window, while the other splintered the glass.

All the victims are now waiting for repairmen to fix the broken glass, which should cost them hundreds of dollars to repair damage that someone else caused.

Police told neighbors they are stepping up patrols in the targeted areas. They're also asking anyone with information about the vandalism to call police.

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