Handicap van among vehicles damaged by BB gun
By: Brittany Comak
LINCOLN, R.I (WLNE) - Police in Northern Rhode Island are investigating a rash of vandalism that's happened in the last few days.
Lincoln Police are looking for whoever shot out more than a dozen car windows overnight Monday.
Approximately 14 parked vehicles had their windows damaged by a BB-gun sometime after 9:00 p.m.
"Kind of horrible," said Jasmine Berrios, of her ride in her handicap van the next day, which was one of the targets.
Unfortunately since the window was shot out of her wheelchair-accessible van, it left her sitting next to the open hole, which her parents had to tape shut.
"This is unfair. I don't understand why people do this," said her father Carlos Berrios. "Obviously my daughter is in a wheel chair - sits right in front of this window."
Police say several cars had their windows shattered in the same vicinity.
"It was like a popping sound," described resident Desarae Smith-Domenech, whose cousin had her car window damaged.
But that's not all; police in Burrillville confirm six cars there had their windows shattered in the last couple of days, and on East Orchard Street in Woonsocket there were four more.
"My next door neighbor and a couple of other people on the street had theirs smashed," said Dylan Archambault. "And this is an antique so I'm going to have a hard time finding a new window."
Police believe they're looking for a light-colored coupe with tinted windows. One resident added that she noticed the license plate had a black light around it.
"It puts a damper a little bit on our holiday but we'll get past it," said Smith-Domenech.
The victims have a message for the perpetrators.
"You caused a lot of lot of people in the time of a holiday to be under a lot of stress for no reason," said Jeannie Nickola.
Neighbors started a Go-Fund-Me to help with the cost of the window on the handicap van.
"Don't do this! It's not cool. It's not nice," added Jasmine.
Residents say there's also been reports of vandalism in nearby Cumberland as well.
And across the border in Connecticut, vandals in a similarly described vehicle targeted home and car windows over the weekend.
Lincoln Police confirmed they have been in contact with RI and CT state police, as well as neighboring departments to try and determine if this is all connected.
If you have any information, you can call Lincoln Police Detective Bousquet at 401-333-1111.