Police: Des Moines Vehicle Vandalism on the Rise

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Since the start of November, Des Moines police have seen an increase in vehicle vandalism all over the city.

"We have, right now, probably dozens of cases that our property unit detectives are investigating. We've got some pretty decent leads. We are still visiting the neighborhoods and looking at surveillance video on vehicles, so we hope to be making some progress. But when these folks get caught, and they most likely will, they are probably looking at serious felony charges because the damage is into the tens of thousands of dollars," Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek said.

The most recent incident happened Monday around 7 a.m. in the 600 block of Arthur Avenue.

A neighbor, Isaiah Eckert, said he woke up to the sound of car alarms going off, and when he walked outside, he found several cars on Arthur Avenue with busted out windows.

Police said they believe the suspect is driving around with a pellet gun and blasting out the windows of cars parked on the street.

"Certainly appears to be that somebody parked their car and someone either walked by or drove by and just simply shot the window out. It's frustrating because there's really no reason for any of this to be happening. It's somebody who is getting their kicks doing this stuff and it hits the pocket books of the people who have their windows broken out," Parizek said.

Eckert said this is not normal for their neighborhood.

"Generally, this is a quiet neighborhood, nothing happens. As you see, it's a beautiful day out, breeze going, not many cars going by, just people living their lives," Eckert said.

Police said the incidents could be connected, but they are still investigating and want anyone with information or video to call them right away.

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