Phoenix police have seen an explosion recently in the number of broken windows reported in Ahwatukee Foothills.
During the past couple of weekends there have been about 50 incidents that may be attributed to the same suspects, said Sgt. Trent Crump of the Phoenix Police Department.
“Since the beginning of February 2013 there has been a dramatic increase in the number of criminal damage incidents in the Ahwatukee area,” Crump said. “The incidents are occurring predominantly on weekend nights and the suspects are breaking out the vehicle and residential windows.”
Suspect description is vague, but police have been given the same vehicle description by witnesses. The vehicle is described as a newer gray or silver Ford Focus or Chevy Malibu with a black stripe down both sides.
“The suspects have been described as juvenile males and many of the incidents have occurred around juvenile-related parties,” Crump said.
Crump added that no thefts have been reported with the damage and that the incidents appear to be random.
Resident Renee Bau was home around 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14 when she said she heard a car racing through her cul-de-sac in Ahwatukee Custom Estates. As she went to look out the window at the car a softball-sized rock came crashing through a window at the front of her home.
“I can’t express how scary it was,” Bau said. “It could have been much worse.”
The window the rock entered is located high up so the rock fell into the house, hit the mantle, and bounced to where Bau had been standing moments before. Bau said if she hadn’t moved to the window she could have been seriously injured.
“If they would have realized how close that rock came to hitting me, they’re just not thinking,” Bau said, adding that she believes the car was a silver Toyota Prius, which is a car she is familiar with, but she only saw the back of it.
While Bau’s house was hit with a rock, Crump said many car windows in the area have been hit with a BB gun. It’s unknown if the events are all related.
Crump said Phoenix police are offering a reward for any information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.
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