Vandal(s) On The Loose In Marion County



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Marion County, Florida — Investigators are now trying to find the person or team responsible for shooting windows and causing thousands of dollars in vehicle damages.

This crime spree took place from 2 p.m., Friday, February 21, 2014 through 10 a.m., Saturday, February 22, 2014 in neighborhoods from Ocklawaha to Belleview to Silver Springs Shores to the Forest community. The Marion County Sheriff’s department does not have any leads at this time.


More than two dozen vehicles were damaged. Each incident had similar elements: a window was damaged by someone shooting a BB gun at the vehicle. The vehicles were SUV’s, cars, pickup trucks and vans. The attacks were on side and back windows or front windshields.

“Apparently, the suspect(s) didn’t target any specific model of vehicle. Also, it is apparent, the suspect(s) are committed to criminal mischief,” said Judge Cochran, Public Information Officer for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

These incidents are very similar to several occurrences that took place in Marion Oaks recently, but no connection between the two have been made.

Investigators need your help. If you know anything, saw anything or heard anything, please call the sheriff’s department immediately.

Phone anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers of Marion County at 368-STOP or 368-7867. Text tips to 274637 using keyword 368STOP. Tips can also be submitted at www.