A week later, no movement in string of Harrisburg BB gun vandalism

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – It’s been a week since people in Harrisburg woke up to their cars shot up with paintballs and BB guns.

Still with no arrests, Monday we asked city leaders what’s being done; they told us not much can be done.

Halloween weekend meant hundreds of dollars in damage.

“I was a kid before, you was kid before,” William Sweets, whose window was smashed, told abc27 News at the time, “but it’s costing people money.”

Two days later, another string of BB or pellet gun vandalism hit other parts of the city.

“It makes you afraid to leave your house,” a neighbor who didn’t want to be identified said, “because you don’t know what’s going to happen.”

Police think they found a car involved — a dark sedan — last Tuesday, but it didn’t lead to arrests.

Now a week later, there’s still no movement.

“Quite frankly, I think those folks who are doing that stuff don’t have a lot of respect for themselves,” City Council member Jeff Baltimore said.

At Monday night’s meeting of the Public Safety Committee, of which Baltimore is chair, he said he hopes someone comes forward.

“It’s almost like you’re waiting for the next go-around if that happens,” he said. “But hopefully it doesn’t happen.”

Police say it’s tough to investigate: You can’t trace a BB back to the gun that fired it.

For now, they say it’s just property damage.

“You shoot somebody in the right place with a BB or a pellet and it’ll do more than just hurt,” Baltimore said.

Police increased patrols to keep an eye out. They’re also counting on neighbors to report suspicious activity.

Baltimore said it doesn’t do any good to worry, but that doesn’t mean you should drop your guard.

“The only thing they can do is be aware of their surroundings,” he said.

The committee didn’t directly address the vandalism during the short meeting, but Baltimore said he was sure council members would discuss it with the police chief.

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