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Windows of 60 cars shot out in Fairfax County neighborhoods

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CENTREVILLE, Va. -

About 60 vehicles in two different neighborhoods in Fairfax County have been vandalized over the past couple of nights. Someone is apparently shooting out windows on the driver's side of the vehicles.

A few cars were hit in a neighborhood called Penderbrook. And many more cars were hit in several neighborhoods around Centreville.

In some instances, the cars' windows were cracked. But, in most cases, the windows were completely shattered, spilling glass both inside and outside the vehicles.

Police believe some kind of air-powered weapon, like a BB gun, was used to break the windows.

One of the 60 vehicles hit was a family-owned taxi. The owner, Ginous Zati, lamented the vandalism, telling a reporter that, with a $500 deductible on her insurance policy, she will have to fully pay for replacing the window that was shot out.

Most of the cars had nothing of value visible in the vehicles. And some that did have items inside -- we saw one with a tennis racket in the back seat -- police say those items were untouched. It appears to be a widespread case of pure vandalism, with the suspects cruising down the street and shooting into the driver's side of parked cars.

Reza Ghaderi, of Best Auto Glass in Lorton, estimated the cost at replacing most of the windows to be at least $150 per window.

Police believe the shootings started after 1 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday.

Brian Cramp, the property manager at Penderbrook, says that neighborhood is normally a very low crime area. His group is taking action: "We have the capability to announce this to all the residents of the association, so we will inform the residents of what's happened in the area and to keep an open eye and report anything -- not only to us, but to the Fairfax County Police as well."

County police are hoping a tipster calls or sends an email.

Taxi owner Ginous Zati figures, on top of the replacement cost, she will lose two days worth of fares. Looking at her damaged cab, she shook her head and said, "That's not nice. You know, we are just regular people. We are -- we are nobody. Whoever did this: you're just killing the small guys."

Police are seeking tips through the CrimeSolvers program. The phone number is 1-866-411-8477. The website for the agency is www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org.


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