UPDATED Wednesday, November 14, 2013 --- 1:06 p.m.
Madison Police say they are investigating a significant vandalism spree on the city's west side.
Officers say approximately 20 cases have been reported, most of which were on Sunday morning.
In many cases houses were hit with yellow paint balls and parked vehicles had windows shot out with a pellet gun, In at least one case, a window of a home was hit with a BB or pellet. Another house was struck with eggs.
Some streets involved are: Silverton Trail, Gladstone Dr., Maple View Dr., Dorchester Way, Walden Way, Stratton Way, Thornebury Dr., Cosgrove Dr., Manchester Rd., Ice Age Dr., Bradbury Rd., Prescott Circle, Carnwood Rd., Everglade Dr., Edensway Rd. and Horseshoe Bend.
Officers believe the crimes are likely related.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 266-6014.
Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 --- 10:25pm
As the saying goes: 'crime can happen anywhere at anytime.' And even seemingly quiet neighborhoods are no exception.
"It stopped me in my tracks” says Janet Tegtmeier, after looking at the front window of her home Sunday.
She found that her window had been shot at.
"My first reaction was that it was an actual bullet hole” she says.
Thankfully it wasn't. The hole was caused by a BB gun.
There was damage to the window, but luckily nothing else, because the pellet hit the same window where Tegtmeier's 10-year-old cat, Andre, spends most of his time.
Now you may be thinking that one house hit with a BB pellet is not a big deal. Except it wasn't just one house. Around a dozen others in Tegtmeier's neighborhood , on the west side of Madison, were also hit.
Judi Luciani lives across the street from Tegtmeier. Luciani's window was also hit, about a month ago, except her situation was a bit worse. The bullet broke through the glass, soaring across her dining room table.
"There was glass everywhere” Luciani says.
Luciani is also thankful just the window took the brunt, since the same chair she sat in for our interview is where she normally spends a lot of time.
"It is kinda scary to think I could have been sitting here” she says.
Even more, she's extremely thankful that the window where her dogs sit wasn't hit.
Police have yet to catch the culprit or culprits, but suspect it was more than one person shooting from a vehicle.
Unfortunately, both Luciani and Tegtmeier will have to pay for new windows out of pocket, but they say something good did come out of all this; it brought the neighborhood closer together.
"It does really emphasize the need for us to look out for each other” says Tegtmeier.
Both women say buying a new window is a small price to pay, when at the end of the day, everyone, two-legged and four-legged is safe and sound.
If you have any information on this spree of vandalism, call the Madison Police Department.