Numerous car windows shot out over Halloween weekend

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DENVER -- Officials said more than 50 car windows were shot out across Colorado during Halloween weekend, causing thousands of dollars in damages.

It was a string of separate vehicle shootings in Jefferson County and Brighton that investigators believe a BB gun was used.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said it didn't have any evidence connecting the strings of shootings, but it also didn't have much to go on. The sheriff's office is asking anyone with information to come forward.

Brighton resident Leroy Dinges said he woke up Sunday morning to find the back passenger window of his vehicle shattered.

"Either a pellet or a .22 shell went through the back glass," he said.

A look down the street revealed his neighbor's car windows were also shattered.

"This is just getting outrageous with them vandalizing people's personal property," Dustin Thompson said.

Two family cars were damaged in front of Thompson's yard. He said it will cost him more than $700.

"I work hard for my money and I don't enjoy having to spend it on stuff like this," Thompson added.

More than 30 other families are also left to foot the bill. Reports of damage range from $500 to $1,000 in comments on the Brighton Police Department Facebook page.

Windows shot out in Jefferson County

On Saturday night, more than 40 miles away, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said 24 vehicle windows were shattered in three neighborhoods. Spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said deputies see this type of behavior every year around this time across Colorado.

"This seems like juvenile behavior," Kelley said. "Nothing was taken from these vehicles so this is somebody randomly driving by and breaking out the windows. ... We typically have an event like this happen Halloween weekend."

The victims have one message for those who did this.

"Just grow up," Thompson said. "Don't mess with people's stuff because you wouldn't really enjoy it if you had to pay the money to fix it."

Kelley added that because so many vehicles were hit, anyone caught could be looking at felony charges. That could mean one to three years in jail and $1,000 to $100,000 in fines.

Anyone with any information about the shootings in Jefferson County is asked to call the sheriff’s office tip line at 303-271-5612 or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.

The Brighton Police Department is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the shootings in its jurisdiction. Anyone with information is asked to call the department's tip line at 303-655-8740.

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