BB gun-toting vandal shatters windows, causes damage to Shawnee businesses

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SHAWNEE, Kan. -- Shawnee police are looking for suspects who used a BB gun to vandalize eight business and victims Sunday night.

"It's a waste of money," said Bill Reed, the president of Precision Manufacturing in Shawnee.

Reed said he came back from his Thanksgiving holiday to holes in his business' front window and door.

"Expecting a normal day, but I had a phone message. The police had called last night," Reed said.

Reed called to get his window and door fixed immediately, someone shot at his business multiple times Sunday night.

"Last night starting about 6 o'clock we started receiving some phone calls from people in reference some BB or pellet gun damage to vehicles and businesses in Shawnee," said Captain Mark Hein, with the Shawnee Police Department.

Cpt. Hein says he has eight police reports from area businesses and other victims.

"One of the calls we received initially was from someone driving on Shawnee Mission Parkway in the area of Pflumm whose vehicle was struck by something," Cpt. Hein added.

"I noticed the holes in the window and the front door being shattered," said Reed. "It's obvious it was shot."

Reed said the business has been at the current location for 10 years, and nothing like this has ever happened before.

"It is annoying because I'm sure my insurance will cover it, but I have a $1,000 deductible, so I'm going to be out $1,000 in this incident," said Reed.

Police say all the businesses were closed when the vandalism spree happened, so they believe the person was just shooting doors and windows of businesses and car windows for the sake of damage.

"The same basic time frame, basically from the area of Shawnee Mission Parkway and Lackman, up Nieman, toward the north end of the city," Cpt. Hein explained.

"It's a senseless crime, it really is, just destroying property for no reason…I've never been able to understand that," Reed said.

Police currently have no suspects but are getting surveillance video from area businesses. If you have any information regarding this crime, please contact the Shawnee Police Department at (913) 631-2150.

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