67 Vehicles, Homes Damaged in Vandalism Spree

By Zemba, Liz | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 2, 2011 | Go to article overview

67 Vehicles, Homes Damaged in Vandalism Spree


Zemba, Liz, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


BB- or pellet-gun wielding vandals caused thousands of dollars in damages to at least 67 cars and homes during the weekend, according to state police at Greensburg.

A Hempfield woman whose house was damaged by the March 23 tornado was among those who had their vehicles damaged in the 16-hour spree, which police said began at 8 p.m. Saturday and continued through about noon Sunday. Police said vandals shot at cars and homes as they drove through Hempfield, Unity and Youngwood.

Tara Reamer said she normally does not park her SUV on the street in front of her Mohawk Drive home in Fort Allen, but she did so on Saturday night because a contractor was coming yesterday to repair siding damaged by the F2 tornado.

As Reamer and her family were preparing to go to church yesterday morning, a neighbor told her that the back window of her GMC Yukon had been shot out. When she went to examine her SUV, Reamer said, she noticed more damages: A BB or pellet had grazed the top of the vehicle, and others left holes in the windshield and driver's side window.

"They hit the front, the back, the side, everything," said Reamer, noting that a number of her neighbors' vehicles were damaged as well. "I might have to rent a car until it's fixed."

Reamer said a neighbor whose car was destroyed by the tornado had just picked up his new vehicle, only to find yesterday that it, too, was among those targeted. …

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