Vandals targeting cars in Sinking Spring

Police call it one of the borough's worst vandalism sprees

Author: , Reporter, LKilmer@wfmz.com
Published: Oct 31 2013 05:26:51 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 31 2013 07:19:09 PM EDT
SINKING SPRING, Pa. -

Police in Sinking Spring are investigating one of the worst vandalism sprees to hit the borough.

"It's enough. And I don't want to see the reports on my desk," said Police Chief Lee Schweyer.

Every evening since last Friday, at least one car has been struck by a BB or pellet gun, according to police. Most cars have been hit just once in a window, although in one incident, items were also stolen from the vehicle.

"I want it stopped," said Schweyer, who is increasing patrols all across the borough.

On Thursday, 69 News spoke with a victim, Tom Ellwanger, whose driver's side window was hit Monday night.

"It's just a big inconvenience," said Ellwanger. "I guess that's the way it is today."

Cases have been reported in the neighborhood surrounding Huron Drive, extending to the 3900 block of Penn Avenue, police said.

One victim had a surveillance system, and police are looking through the footage to identify the vandal(s) responsible.

Chief Schweyer said the vandalism could be part of Halloween mischief. "That's when we tend to see more instances of vandalism or damage to people's properties."

Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call the Crime Alert Berks County anonymous tip line at 877-373-9913. A cash reward will be given for information that leads to an arrest.