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Police investigate widespread vandalism
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Several vehicles in various parts of Great Bend had windows broken over the weekend. In most cases, police reports show they were shot with BB guns or pellet guns, according to Lt. Bill Browne at the Great Bend Police Department. There were also reports of broken windows on buildings, and other damage, including a vehicle at 2607 Forest Ave. that was keyed on Friday.
At 12:20 a.m. Saturday, it was discovered that the side window on a semitrailer in the Walmart parking lot had been shot with a BB.
A broken van window at 3101 16th St. was reported at 1:04 a.m. Saturday. The investigating officer then located vehicles with broken windows at 3417 16th St., 3410 17th St. and in the 5900 block of Hemlock Dr. A second broken vehicle window at 3101 16th was reported at 6:33 a.m.
Other Great Bend residents started finding broken windows after 6 a.m. Saturday. These included windows on vehicles at 3118 Morton St., 3713 22nd St., 1205 Polyantha Ln., 2401 Canterbury Ln., 1218 Baker Ave., the 4600 block of East Camelot, 500 Morton St., 2600 block of Rock Bridge Rd., 2005 Jackson St., 1420 Hoover St., 2201 28th St., 1717 Van Buren St., 1119 Washington Ave., 3500 block of Lakin Ave. and 1301 Coolidge St.
Two windows were shot on the Salvation Army Thrift Store at 2545 10th St. and a front window was broken at CarQuest Auto Parts, 3010 10th St.
On Saturday afternoon, police received a report that someone had shot the window on a Pontiac at 1301 Monroe St., and a broken vehicle window at 3910 Cedar Park Pl. was reported Saturday night.
Damage to a mailbox at 401 Plum St. was reported Sunday.
Lt. Browne said that in recent days there have been around 30 reports of criminal damage to property. Anyone with information about these crimes is encouraged to call the GBPD, 793-4120, or Crime Stoppers, 792-1300