BB gun vandal peppers vehicles in Santa Clara, Ivins; who is it?

Background shows a window of Griselda Pelayo's truck that police believe was shattered by a vandal using a BB gun in the Santa Clara-Ivins area. Utah, June 23, 2016 | Background photo courtesy of Griselda Pelayo; inset photo by triocean/iStock/Getty Images Plus; composite image, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A hoodlum evidently armed with a BB gun is wreaking havoc in Santa Clara and Ivins, damaging vehicles by shooting out the vehicle windows. The Santa Clara-Ivins Police Department currently has no suspects.

A vandal with a BB gun has been shooting out windows in car in the Santa Clara - Ivins area. Police have identified no suspects yet and are asking the public to keep an eye out for suspiscious activity, Ivins, Utah, June 23, 2016 | Photo courtesy Griselda Pelayo, St. George News
A vandal with a BB gun has been shooting out windows in car in the Santa Clara – Ivins area. Police have identified no suspects yet and are asking the public to keep an eye out for suspiscious activity, Ivins, Utah, June 23, 2016 | Photo courtesy Griselda Pelayo, St. George News

Nine vehicles have been vandalized so far, Santa Clara-Ivins Police Officer Chad Holt said. The incidents have occurred at all hours and at disparate locations throughout the area.

Griselda Pelayo ordinarily parks her Nissan pickup truck inside her garage in Ivins, but recently began parking it on the street, she said. Thursday morning, she and her husband woke up to find the driver’s side window of the truck shattered. Someone had apparently shot it out with a BB gun, she said.

Residents of the area need to pay a little more attention, Pelayo said. When the incident most likely occurred, her dogs began barking but she thought they were barking at the neighbor’s cat.

Pelayo said she believes the culprits are juveniles.

A vandal with a BB gun has been shooting out windows in car in the Santa Clara - Ivins area. Police have identified no suspects yet and are asking the public to keep an eye out for suspiscious activity, Ivins, Utah, June 23, 2016 | Photo courtesy Griselda Pelayo, St. George News
A vandal with a BB gun has been shooting out windows in car in the Santa Clara – Ivins area. Police have identified no suspects yet and are asking the public to keep an eye out for suspiscious activity, Ivins, Utah, June 23, 2016 | Photo courtesy Griselda Pelayo, St. George News

“I want those kids to get punished for what they are doing,” she said. “It’s not right.”

With little information to go on, the local police are hoping that someone will have some evidence soon and call the police or 911 to report the vandal.

If the suspect is seen, Holt said the witness should call the nonemergency police line at 435-627-4300.

In order to minimize the chances of having vehicles damaged, drivers should park their vehicles away from the street if at all possible, Holt said.

Most of the vehicles struck so far have been parked on the street – so, ideally, cars and trucks will be less likely to be vandalized if parked in garages or carports.

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8 Comments

  • ladybugavenger June 25, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Punk @$$ cowards, that’s who

  • Bob June 25, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    could of been some of obama’s “dreamer” kids. Got to love ‘diversity’, LOL

  • Chris June 25, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    I foresee a BB gun enema.

    • Bowlinggreen123 June 25, 2016 at 8:08 pm

      How about a 9mm enema? The gun looked real officer!

  • hiker75 June 25, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    What is a “dreamer” kid? What is wrong with diversity?

    • Bob June 26, 2016 at 9:36 pm

      1-google it
      2-move to the bad part of chicago, then you’ll know

  • kellyok2 June 28, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    What is wrong with people like this? Haven’t they got enough to do? Sounds like snotty teenagers to me. I hope the law catches them and makes them pay all the damages and then some.

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