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Car vandalism spree hits towns south of Boston

A spree of car vandalism was reported in the neighboring towns of Whitman, East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, and Hanson after residents noticed the windows of their vehicles had been shot at and shattered by BB guns.

Whitman Deputy Police Chief Tim Hanlon said his town has seen 15 such incidents since the first one was reported on June 27 at 10:47 a.m. The most recent incident occurred on Monday around 4 p.m.

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The damage to vehicles has been similar in all cases, and Whitman police found a BB pellet at the scene of one of the incidents, according to Hanlon.

“If one was hit by a BB, most likely they all have been,” Hanlon said.

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While the majority of the vandalism involved car windows, two businesses in Whitman, Route 27 Car Care Center and ABC Specialtees, reported finding their store windows shattered.

East Bridgewater police also received several reports of windows being shot out with BB guns, according to a statement posted to their Facebook page July 9.

One witness reported the shots might have come from someone in a pick-up truck, according to the statement.

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In West Bridgewater, police received a report July 2 at 12:38 p.m. that all four windows of a car had been shot.

West Bridgewater Police Chief Victor Flaherty said the person or persons are most likely firing the shots from a vehicle and that the incidents are random and not targeted.

Hanson police also responded to “a few cases of this vandalism,” primarily around the area of West Washington Street, according to a statement posted to their Facebook page Wednesday morning.

Police are investigating the vandalism, Hanlon said, but have received no information about possible suspects from witnesses.

The majority of people reported waking up in the morning to find their vehicles damaged, leading police to believe the vandalism is occurring early in the morning or late at night, according to Hanlon.

“These people are obviously being as careful as they can to not be discovered,” Hanlon said.

Alyssa Meyers can be reached at alyssa.meyers@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @ameyers_.
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