Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

July 25, 2013

BBs break windows, thief beats the heat


Mineral Wells Index

— By CLINT FOSTER



Windows all over Mineral Wells were found shattered with just one common thread – a BB gun.

The serial window damage occurred sometime between midnight on July 13 to 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 15.

Mineral Wells Police responded to three incidents involving two car windows and a home window that were broken, thought to be by a BB or pellet gun.

The three incidents, classified as criminal mischief between $50 to $500 each, were scattered across town, with one on the northwest side, another on the southwest side and the last on the southeast side. All three incidents also happened at night or in the wee hours of the morning.

Police reported the best lead they received was from the homeowner whose window was broken on the southwest side of town. She said around 2 a.m. on July 15 unknown subjects in a loud truck drove by and shot her front window with what she believed was a BB gun. The victim had security cameras, but was unable to identify details of the truck except that it was an older model that sounded louder than usual. She added that the truck appeared to have square headlights.

A police spokesperson said it would be reasonable to infer that these instances were connected, but the police department does not know for sure.

In another, unrelated crime, someone appeared to be desperate to beat the Texas heat this July, possibly even willing to break a sweat doing so.

Police reported one resident’s air conditioner was stolen between July 18 and July 20. Only this was no window unit, but a 3.5-ton exterior air conditioning unit.

The victim did not remember the make, model or serial number for the unit, but police say the estimated value was $2,500.

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