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Posted: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 8:00 am

Vandals struck the downtown area of Aransas Pass three times within 48 hours damaging windows to local businesses and vehicles parked in the area.

Saturday night, the suspects drove through the downtown area shooting at glass windows using what is suspected to be slingshots and ball bearings.

At least two businesses, the Rialto Theater on South Commercial and Aransas Wildlife Taxidermy on East Goodnight had windows broken out completely and other businesses suffered damage that included holes and cracked windows. At Domino’s Pizza, night manager Rebecca Toscano was the first person to call police. At approximately 10:20 p.m. a ball bearing penetrated their front window and could have easily injured anyone inside.

According to Aransas Pass Assistant Police Chief Isaac Leal, Aransas Pass police received a call Monday at approximately 1:35 p.m. from the Aransas County Sheriff’s department. The call was to alert the APPD that vandals causing damage in Rockport that matched the damage in AP Saturday night were headed south towards Aransas Pass on Business Highway 35 in a dark green SUV.

By 1:45 p.m., the suspects had hit Commercial Motors and shortly afterward broke a window on a vehicle parked in the 300 block of South Commercial Street and Popeye’s Chicken on East Goodnight.

Tuesday morning, the Aransas Pass Chamber of Commerce opened its office on West Goodnight to discover a window shattered in the front. The window was intact Monday evening around 6:30 p.m.

Leal also commented that he understood the suspects had struck in Portland as well.

The public is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-252-TIPS (8477) or the police department at 758-5224 with any information regarding the suspect vehicle or these crimes.

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