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Auto glass repair shops see more business after vandalism over the weekend

The calls started early this morning as dozens of East Texans scrambled to get their shattered car windows repaired. Last night we told you more than 50 people in Smith County had their cars vandalized by juveniles who police say were up to no good. Now, that number has increased to 75.

As KLTV 7's Molly Reuter shows us, auto glass repair shops were the place to be today.

Vandals armed with BB guns left quite a mess Saturday night. From broken front, side and back windows, Windshield Medic in Tyler saw it all today.

"I wish it was coming out of their pocket. I really wish they would know what it's like for people to have to pay out of their pocket to have stuff like this fixed," said Vanessa Mandujano.

Her truck lost a back window, and to make things worse, her car was also vandalized.

"Just doing the one right now, yeah, it's costly just to do this one," said Vanessa.

Doris Scoville, the owner of Windshield Medic, says they've repaired 17 broken windows today. The BB guns she says not only shattered people's windows, but their spirits as well.

"People are frustrated. They are angry right before the holidays, this is not a good time for this to happen," said Scoville.

It's the same story down the street at Moose Auto Glass as workers repaired one window after another.

"Vandalism, everybody had vandalism back glasses, door glasses," said Eddy Moose.

But despite the destruction, some say it's not worth getting all worked up about.

"You're never expecting these things, but you have to deal with it and move on," said Chris Skillern.

Window repair shops say it costs anywhere from $200 to $350 to fix a window. Police have one juvenile in custody, and hope to make more arrests in the case soon.

Molly Reuter, reporting.

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