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Residents urged to be alert after vandalism spree

| Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, 11:37 a.m.

Police are asking area residents to keep an eye out for suspicious vehicles, especially late at night, following a rash of vandalism over the weekend.

Officials in five local communities - Sewickley, Sewickley Heights, Edgeworth, Leetsdale and Leet - received reports over the weekend concerning damage to residents' homes, vehicles and other property, according to Sewickley officer James Grill.

On Saturday, eight vehicles along Thorn, Grant and Chestnut streets in Sewickley were hit with raw eggs. In addition, two Thorn Street residents told police their homes also were hit over the weekend.

"Thorn was hit real bad," Grill said.

By Monday morning, Grill said he received about 15 more calls from residents reporting vandalism to their vehicles.

In most of those incidents, the cars were egged, but in two cases, a window had been shot out by pellets.

"And the calls keep coming," Grill said Monday.

In Leetsdale, Sgt. Dan Raible said, like in Sewickley, about a dozen cars were vandalized overnight Sunday into Monday.

Four or five of those had windows shot out by pellets, he said.

Raible also noted that two Port Authority bus stops were struck by pellets during the spree.

Grill said that because of the amount of area covered, he thinks the person or people involved traveled by vehicle to commit the vandalism.

Anyone with information is asked to call police.

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