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Trio charged in BB gun vandalism spree in Reading

Suspects also facing charges in Cumru, Muhlenberg

Trio charged in BB gun vandalism...

READING, Pa. - Reading police said they've nabbed three people responsible for terrorizing several neighborhoods with BB guns.

"I can finally park without worrying, 'Oh, am I going to have to shell out another $1,000, $2,000," said resident Ahmed Elhaddad.

Many on the northeast side of the city are rejoicing after police arrested the alleged BB gun vandals.

"I'm glad they got these guys. I feel so happy," said Pablo Villfane.

Villfane's car window was one of more than 50 hit by BBs over the past couple of weeks. He said ever since, he's been living on edge.

"You don't know what happened next. You don't know when they are coming around and get another window," he said. "You don't know if you were in the car when somebody shot in the car."

Police have arrested 36-year-old Maria Whah. She was in the passenger seat, firing, while Thomas Whah drove the car and John Vidzicki sat in the back, according to court documents released Tuesday.

The two men have been charged, but have yet to be arraigned. Police caught the trio at the Wawa at North 11th and Rockland streets earlier this month with three BB guns in the car and a container of BBs.

According to the criminal complaint, police also recovered dash-cam footage in which, they said, they could hear the trio in the background.

"All three are laughing while shooting at the vehicles," police said in the document.

Victims said they hope the suspects never do this again.

"They need to learn," said Elhaddad.

"When you get out from there, please don't do that no more. Try to do the best you can," said Villfane.

Reading police said more people are involved in the vandalism spree and they will be charging them soon.

Some in Muhlenberg and Cumru townships also fell victim to BB gun vandals. Police said they believe there's a connection and said they will filing charges against the three defendants in those cases, as well.


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