Overnight, authorities had more than fifty reports of criminal mischief in Tyler and Smith County. Police say a group of juveniles, armed with BB guns hit several neighborhoods, leaving thousands of dollars of damage in their wake.
"Everybody thats got hit, there's no sense in this," said Tyler resident Martha Welch. "It's got to be stopped." First her van and then her son's truck. Welch is just one of several people in her neighborhood off Jimmie Street targeted by last night's vandals.
"I just paid my car off, that's the thing about it, so yeah it's very frustrating," said Welch. Across town, Vester Bird was forced to put plastic over his window, and just down the street, Willfred Bell says he will have to do the same thing.
"It's pitiful," said Bell. "It's just sad right here at the holidays you know where people have to pay out of their pocket because the insurance, you still have to pay your deductible." Police say it costs anywhere from $275 to $350 to replace a window, and for what reason?
"To me, it's just mean because you are destroying someone else's property," said Tyler Police Sergeant Bill Goecking. "Your not upset with them, your just out there destroying for no reason at all." Fortunately, police say no one was injured during Saturday night's vandalism spree, just dozens of cars, one after the other.
Police do have one juvenile in custody, but believe several more people are involved. If you have any information call Tyler police at 903-531-1000.