- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 8, 2011

Dozens of Franconia-area residents found their cars damaged over the weekend by someone firing a pellet gun, Fairfax County police said Thursday.

At least 54 vehicles were damaged in several Franconia neighborhoods by someone who used a BB or pellet gun to shoot out windows and ding the bodies of parked vehicles. The shootings occured sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning, police said. Damage is estimated at about $15,000.

Police do not have any vehicle or suspect descriptions from the incidents, but spokeswoman Officer Shelley Broderick said in the past similar acts have been committed by juveniles.

“In summertime months we always have kids go through,” Officer Broderick said. “Damage can happen over summer.”

A $100 to $1,000 cash reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.

In Prince George’s County, a man and two teenagers recently pleaded guilty to a three-month BB gun shooting spree that damaged more than 300 cars and injured three people across Springdale and Bowie, according to the Gazette newspaper. They are each now expected to be sentenced to 18 months in jail followed by three years probation.

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