Suspects sought in car vandalism

PARKERSBURG – A rash of weekend car vandalism has resulted in piles of broken glass around the city, officials said.

Broken windows in eight vehicles were reported to the Parkersburg Police Department on Saturday, said Police Chief Joseph Martin.

The windows appear to have been broken for the sake of breaking them, Martin said. Nothing was reported as stolen from any of the vehicles, Martin said.

The vehicles had their windshields or back windows smashed, Martin said. In all eight cases, a brick or a block was used as the smashing agent, he said.

Four of the reported incidents happened close together in an area encompassing 19th, 20th and Liberty streets, Martin said.

Two of the incidents happened near Lynn Street and the other two occurred on the south side of Parkersburg, Martin said.

The incidents happened between midnight and 8 a.m. on Friday night into Saturday morning, Martin said. All of them happened after dark, he said.

The perpetrators are believed to have broken the car windows just for fun, Martin said.

“It is important for all of the victims of this crime spree to report it to the police,” Martin said.

Evidence gathered in the cases has been minimal and each case reported will add possible evidence for an investigation, Martin said.

Anyone with information about these crimes or with additional instances of the crime to report is asked to call the Parkersburg Police Department at 304-424-8444.