(MILTON, Del.) - Neighbors in Shipbuilder's Village are on high alert after police say nearly 25 vehicles and four homes were left damaged from BB gun pellets.
"It's scary because you don't know who's doing it, how many people [are involved], or when are they going to strike next?" said one resident who wished to remain anonymous. "There were like 20-30 pellet marks in the car. It wasn't a matter of just shooting a window out, they shot these cars up."
"This is a senseless crime," said Milton Police Chief Robert Longo. "It's around Christmas and sadly you have single parents that are struggling that have to now pay to have a window replaced instead of buying Christmas presents for their children, and that to me personally is very disheartening."
It's a senseless crime that Robert Wilkerson, a mechanic at Milton Garage Tires and Auto Repair, says can cost hundreds to thousands of dollars.
"The average cost to replace a window, if it's not a small window, is $200 to $300 and then there's labor on top of that. Dents and chips and paint can run you anywhere from a thousand to a couple thousand dollars, depending on the vehicle," explained Wilkerson. "It's a shame that something like that is going on because people work hard for whatever they do have and no one should be doing anything like that."
Chief Longo tells WRDE there are no suspects or leads at this time, so they're calling on the community for help.
"We're asking the public to contact us, Delaware State Police or Delaware Crime Stoppers. No one will ask your name," said Chief Longo. "You can provide us with information and if it's a dead end, it's a dead end, but don't think it's nothing because it could be something. You know, use the famous saying we have in America now - if you see something, say something."
Police are also asking any residents who have a surveillance system to call them so they can review the footage. Those with information can contact Milton Police at 302-684-8547 or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333.