More reports of property damage believed to be caused by BB guns have led the Rolla Police Department to increase their patrols in areas being hit.
RPD Chief Mark Kearse said officers are investigating eight unconfirmed reports of property damage along Pine Street, Fourth Street and Kingshighway overnight Wednesday.
On Wednesday during the day, three businesses along Kingshighway reported glass windows that had been possibly shot at by BB guns, causing hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of damage.
Pizza Inn, located at 1051 Kingshighway, reported three plate glass windows had been shot with a BB gun. The estimated cost to replace the windows is $2,400.
At World Wide Foods, located at 1033 Kingshighway, a plate glass window was shot multiple times with a BB gun. The estimated cost to replace the glass is $600.
Also on Wednesday, police officers responded to the 1020 block of Kingshighway for report of destruction of property, in which approximately $3,000 in damage was caused to a local business’ windows. It is believed the windows were possibly shot by a BB gun.
“We are investigating it and looking at a few names,” Kearse said, adding that he believes these incidents are related to reports of property damage found Tuesday.
On Tuesday, officers took reports of a vehicle’s windows being shot out in the 400 block of North Pine Street, 11 windows and two glass doors that were shot in the 700 block of South Highway 63, and a window of a residence in the 400 block of North Pine Street that had been shot.
“We’re stepping up patrols and looking at cameras,” Kearse said of the department’s efforts to deter the activity.
If anyone have information about these or similar cases, they should call the police department at 308-1213.