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Authorities investigating surge in smashed car windows

Authorities investigating surge in smashed car windows

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Police are investigating a string of broken car windows throughout Longview and believe at least some of the incidents are related.

Longview Police Detective Danielle Jenkins said the reports of broken windows are popping up in clusters in several neighborhoods. In all, she said, there have been about a dozen reported.

"We don't really have any leads at this point," Jenkins said.

Police received reports that at least six car windows were smashed early this week in the area around the 900 block of Ninth Avenue. Two others were reported broken on 32nd Avenue and on Dover Street. Other windows were smashed Wednesday between 20th and 24th avenues in the Highlands neighborhood.

In many cases, the cars were not entered and the windows appeared to have been broken by a pellet or BB gun, police reports said.

Mary Nye, who lives in the 200 block of 16th Avenue, said the spree may have started last week. She found her van's window smashed Dec. 8, but said nothing was taken. She said she's been parking the family cars in the backyard, behind a gate.

Nye said the van is insured, but the deductible cost her $100.

"One hundred dollars at Christmas time is a big ouch. And if I have to do it again it's an even bigger ouch," she said. "I just want whoever's doing this to get caught. And then throw the book at them and make sure it doesn't happen again."

To provide tips about the incidents, call Cowlitz County Crime Stoppers at (360) 577-1206.

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