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9 arrested in Vicksburg vandalism

VICKSBURG, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Police have arrested 9 people in connection to the vandalism involving numerous cars and businesses in Vicksburg this week.  Five of the suspects were juveniles ranging in age from 16 to 17 years old.  The other four suspects arrested were 18-years-old. 

The juveniles were placed in the Warren County Detention Center and those who are 18 years of age were transported to the Issaquena County Correctional Facility, pending further investigation and formal charges.

"We found some bullet holes here in our front show room glass and also right here," said Sherlyn Abney.

"Here and here. I'm sure they shot with a pellet gun.added Abney. "They have also shot out about 25 car windows on Wisconsin, Drummond Street and all downtown."

Clay Street businesses like Lee's Body Shop, Auto Plus and Miller's Tire Mart will now have to replace 8 and 10 foot glass panels that are costing hundreds of dollars.

Robert Murphy from Miller's Tire Mart said he found out about the shooting thanks to Vicksburg Police being proactive.

"I got a phone call about four o'clock in the morning from the Vicksburg Police Department," said Murphy. He said they were riding by looking at the glass with their lights that they do surveillance with. They come by and check on everybody's business and the window was shattered."

As Murphy boarded up the shattered window the entire panel fell out. Chief Walter Armstrong said a BB or pellet gun is what they believe the person is using to cause the vandalism.

"It's very frustrating because you have to replace the whole glass, each panel," said Abney. "It gets very expensive. There's nothing you can do about it, but pay for it out of your pocket."

Anyone who had property destroyed during the crime spree should submit documentation indicating the cost of repairs to the Criminal Investigations Division at the Vicksburg Police Department.

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