published: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Window shooting spree victim count up to 71
By SCOTT DRESSEL
Investigators from one end of the county to the other are pouring over hours of security camera footage, hoping to catch a glimpse of the person or people who spent their Saturday night and early Sunday morning on a window-shooting spree.
As of Tuesday morning, 71 locations were reported being hit by the vandalism that saw windows shot out by what appears to be a BB or pellet gun from downtown Lake Placid to downtown Avon Park.
Some of the windows just had a dimple from the projectile, while others were completely shattered.
Linda Crowder swept up glass in front of the Children's Museum of the Highlands in Sunday morning. The Museum was one of 28 places in Sebring that were hit.
"We had more glass fall into the 'Milkshake the Cows' station," she said.
"I got a call at 4:16 in the morning and rushed over," Tracy Rademaker, assistant property manager for Gene Brenner said Sunday morning. "Everybody arrived, including Gene, but we sent him home."
Brenner's pottery shop on the Circle had more than $1,000 in damage to merchandise in addition to the broken window.
"Exactly what is going on? When I was growing up we'd never do something like this," Rademaker said. "We knew our parents would kill us before anybody."
"We don't have a specific time, so we are looking through hours and hours of video," Lake Placid Police Chief James Fansler said Tuesday, adding that another broken window had been discovered that morning to bring the count for Lake Placid up to 23.
"We have several businesses that are closed on Mondays, so I anticipate a few more calls today," Fansler said.
Sebring Police Commander Steve Carr said Tuesday morning that the count in Sebring was 28 and that his investigators were also checking security cameras.
"There's a lot of places to visit and it's time-consuming," he said.
Nell Hays said the Highlands County Sheriff's Office is working 21 cases, eight of them with Avon Park addresses.
"We will be looking for anything we can find to help us not only determine who did this, but a timeline as well," Hays said Tuesday.
On Monday, the Sebring Community Redevelopment Agency commissioners voted to relax their facade grant restrictions as a way to help out the businesses downtown that were hit by the vandals.
Business owners in the 650-acre Sebring CRA district can apply for a reimbursement that will cover 60 percent of their out-of-pocket expenses, and the usual $1,000 minimum expense level is waived. To expedite the process, CRA Executive Director Robin Hinote has been given authority to approve the grant applications.
To see if your property is inside the District, visit the CRA Section at www.DowntownSebring.org/
To receive a Facade Grant Application or for more information, call the CRA office at 471-5104 or email RobinHinote@MySebring.com/.
Anyone with information on the cases can call the Lake Placid Police Department at 699-3757, the Sebring Police Department at 471-5108, the HCSO at 402-7200 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477), or contact via the Internet at www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com/.
Crimestoppers and the Lake Placid Police Departments are offering rewards in connection with the case.
News-Sun staff writer Christopher Tuffley contributed to this report.
Bad Boy Spree ?? (by: Paul - 3/27/2013)
When you stop Spankings for bad behavior, this Happens..
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