Imagine waking up to find your car windows have been shattered, or your home has been hit by pellets from a BB gun.
That scary thought is a reality for some people who live in Southington, after vandals struck nearly a dozen times this past month.
Someone shot at Justin Nogueira’s car twice with a BB gun, just in this past month.
"They both happened around midnight and the next day, I realized that my window was shattered,” Nogueira said.
The damage didn’t end there.
The vandals also hit one of his lights and near his license plate multiples times, all while the car was parked in his driveway on Frost Street.
"This is the second time I’ve done this vehicle in the past 17 days. I had to do the back window and now this window,” said Brian Carman, of Plymouth Glass and Mirror. "It’s just heartless, it's what it is."
Carman said seeing 16-year-old Nogueira need additional repairs is not the kind of business he enjoys.
"He’s trying to go to school and now he has to deal with this,” Carman said.
Nogueira isn’t alone either.
Southington police said Wednesday there have been 11 reports of homes and cars being vandalized in town, and some of Nogueira’s high school friends are included as victims.
Residents have also been quick to post photos to the Southington Talks group on Facebook.
"Our officers are out there, they're hitting the streets and they're trying to see if there's any connection,” said Southington Police Lt. Michael Baribault. “If there is one, we'll find it."
Baribault said eight of the incidents happened a few weeks ago, but said the vandals recently decided to strike again.
Southington police are urging everyone with information to come forward, as even the smallest tip could lead officers to those responsible.
In the meantime, police are urging everyone to stay vigilant and report anything suspicious in their neighborhood.
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