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W.V. vandalism spree

Police in West Valley City were looking Wednesday for the vandals who smashed between 50 and 60 car windows in an overnight spree.
Police in West Valley City were looking Wednesday for the vandals who smashed between 50 and 60 car windows in an overnight spree.
Jason Olson, Deseret Morning News

WEST VALLEY CITY — Police here Wednesday were looking for the vandals who smashed between 50 and 60 car windows.

Officers received their first call about 3 a.m. in the area of 3100 South and 2800 West.

"Our car went to the area, discovered not only the complainant's window was broken but just about every vehicle on the street had a window broken out," West Valley Police Capt. Tom McLachlan said.

Police sent additional patrol cars to the area and "started finding more and more and more" broken windows, he said.

Investigators believed the vandals used a combination of either a pellet gun or wrist rocket and a club such as a baseball bat. They believe based on the damage that at least two people were driving around to different neighborhoods over a 2 1/2-mile radius causing damage about 3 a.m.

Total damage to all the vehicles was expected to be more than $10,000.

Hamida Grahovic was watching her brother-in-law's Hummer while he was out of town. The vehicle had its back window broken out.

One woman said nine vehicles, including two of her family's cars, had windows busted on her street.

Most neighbors said they did not hear or see anything.

"We're hoping word gets out and someone will recall seeing or hearing something and call us," McLachlan said.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 840-4000.


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