Vandals damage at least 75 Rutland cars, businesses and homes
By Brent Curtis
STAFF WRITER | January 24,2013
Vyto Starinskas / Staff Photo
Rutland City Police investigate a vandalism spree that damaged more than 50 vehicles, including this one on Jackson Avenue.
Rutland Police are looking for vandals responsible for causing thousands of dollars in damage during an early morning vandalism spree Wednesday.
Windows in more than 50 cars as well as about a dozen homes and a half dozen businesses in the city were shattered by someone using a pellet gun, police said.
The damage was far flung with the trail of broken glass stretching from Dorr Drive to Jackson Avenue and the northeast section of the city, according to Rutland Police Sgt. James Tarbell.
“It was widespread with no indication that specific vehicles were targeted,” Tarbell said. “There appears to be no motive for it...I’d say the damage is going to add up to the tens of thousands of dollars.”
There were no witnesses to the shootings, which Tarbell said started around midnight. The first reports of damage were received at 3 a.m. and continued to roll in throughout the day.
“It’s kind of surprising that nobody saw it. Usually that time of day people are on their way to work,” Tarbell said of the shootings which police believe continued to take place as late as 6 a.m.
Police believe the shooter fired from a vehicle and may have been a passenger in a vehicle driven by someone else.
While there were no eyewitnesses to the shootings, police are hoping there might be video of the vandalism at some of the businesses that were hit.
Rutland developer Joseph Giancola, who paid $300 Wednesday to replace a shattered door at Building 3 of the Howe Center, said he has the same idea.
“I’ve got cameras up in that area and my guys are checking it right now,” Giancola said Wednesday morning.
The widespread vandalism wasn’t the only event to keep police in the city busy during the early morning hours.
A break-in attempt at a gas station on Woodstock Avenue was quickly followed by a successful break-in at the Mobil gas station at the corner of Ripley Road and West Street where police say $3,000 worth of cigarette cartons were stolen.
“It was about 35 cartons of smokes that were taken,” Rutland Police Detective Sgt. Kevin Stevens said. “We’re hoping to get word on the street that someone is selling them cause nobody is going to smoke that much and they’re too hard to hide.”
Security video at the store shows two men wearing hoods, winter jackets and gloves smashing out a window to enter the store.
Asked if the vandalism committed around the same time were related to the burglaries, Stevens said police weren’t ruling out the possibility.
“It could be or it could not be related,” he said.
A handful of cars in West Rutland on Pleasant Street, Rutland Road and at the Dan Kearney Used Car dealership were also damaged by pellets early Wednesday morning, according to Rutland County Sheriff Stephen Benard.
Anyone with information about the vandalism or the burglaries is asked to call city police at 773-1816.