Cumru police working with Muhlenberg, Reading on vandalism spree

CUMRU TWP., Pa. - Police in Berks County are teaming up to combat a vandalism spree that has targeted Reading and at least two neighboring municipalities.

Cumru Township police Chief Madison Winchester said his officers are working with their counterparts in the city and Muhlenberg Township to track down those who have been firing pellet guns at parked vehicles.

All three police departments are in communication with each other and working together on the case, said Winchester, who worked 18 years on the city police force before taking the Cumru job last spring.

Muhlenberg Township police told 69 News on Monday that they have been investigating numerous reports of an air rifle being used to shatter car, home, and business windows. Most of the incidents have occurred in the Temple area and on Kutztown Road in the south end of the township, near its border with the city.

Several of the Muhlenberg reports include a suspect vehicle description of a white or light-colored sedan with a distinct rear spoiler, police said.

Police in Reading said they were dispatched to a cluster of similar calls last week, particularly in the northeast section of the city.

Anyone with information about the vandalism can contact Crime Alert Berks County via anonymous text to 847411, starting the message with keyword alertberks, or by calling 877-373-9913.

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