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Lamar Watts poses next to his window shattered by BB gun fire. 

Tony Reid, Herald & Review

DECATUR – Vandals armed with BB guns have gone on another car window-smashing spree in Decatur.

Decatur police logged 19 damage reports Monday between 6 p.m and shortly before midnight. The reports range from Camelot Drive on the north side of the city to East Condor Drive on the northeast and North Dennis Avenue on the city's west side.

This is the second round of such damage, following on from an incident where more than 20 vehicles had windows shot out the night of Aug. 25.

“I am not so much mad as disappointed,” said Lamar Watts, who had the driver's window shattered in his 2009 Chevrolet Impala, which was parked on the street outside his home in the 2000 block of North Dennis Avenue. Another vehicle had a window shattered in the next block as well.

“I'm just disappointed that people do that kind of stuff,” added Watts, 64, who fears the repair bill might run to more than $300. “I don't want to see whoever did this hurt or nothing, but I would like for them to get caught.”

Watts thinks he heard the sound of the window breaking around 8:15 p.m. when there was a “dull thump” noise from outside. “I got up and looked out the window and didn't see anything but what I did hear was a voice that said something like 'Yeah'.”

A short time later his grandson came home and told him the window on the car was broken. “I drove around the neighborhood to see if I could see anyone doing this but didn't see anything,” said Watts. “I did notice that another guy's window was busted in his car.”

Detective Sgt. Chris Copeland said he didn't know if this latest vandalism was connected to the August incident or how many people might be involved in causing the damage. He said the suspects can create a lot of problems in a relatively short time.

“You get a couple of morons together in a car and they've got a BB gun and they decide 'Let's go out and shoot some windows,'” he said.

Police are appealing for help from the public in tracking the culprits down. Call 217-424-2734 or Crime Stoppers at 217-423-8477.

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