Police are looking for a suspect who apparently used some type of air rifle or pellet gun to shoot out windows at businesses along East U.S. Highway 82 early Sunday morning.
Gainesville Police Public Information Officer Belva McClinton said the acts of criminal mischief resulted in between $1,500 and $20,000 worth of damage.
McClinton said officers were first called to AutoZone in response to an alarm activation.
They then got a call about an alarm at George’s Liquor — located several blocks east of AutoZone.
When officers began checking other buildings in the area they found large, commerical glass windows broken at other businesses including the Goodwill store and Hesse-Schniederjan Heat and Air, McClinton added.
Windows were also broken at Red River Rental.
McClinton said investigators believe the suspect or suspects are using a pellet gun.
“This is happening quickly. (The suspects) aren’t stopping to get out of the car and throw a rock,” she said.
Acts of criminal mischief such as the pellet gun shootings are not unsual, she said.
“We’ve had some in the past and there were some other incidents in mid-June at Bosco’s Gym and Acme Cleaners,” she noted.
East Highway 82 was not the only area hit by troublemakers.
Police also investigated a report of a shattered window at Gainesville Podiatry on North Morris Street.
The damage at the podiatry office was set at approximately $2,250.
Officers were also called to the 1900 block of North Grand Avenue where a representative from The Real Estate Company told police a suspect destroyed a $1,500 double-paned glass window at that location.
In addition, Gainesville business owner Joe Weldon Ward reported a broken Plexiglass window pane at his business in the 1100 block of East Cloud Street.
Police suspect some of the incidents are related, McClinton said.
To report information on the above incidents call the Gainesville Police Department non-emergency line at 668-7777. To report crimes anywhere in the county call the Cooke County Sheriff’s Office