Woman arraigned in BB gun shootings of car windows

Suffolk police say an East Northport mom encouraged her teenage kids to shoot out car windows with a BB gun. Susan Becker, 43, bought the pellet gun and had her 15-year-old daughter, 13-year-old son and another teen fire it as she drove, cops said. Becker was arraigned Saturday on charges including criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child, police said. Videojournalist: Network News Long Island (April 20, 2013)

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Bail was set at $30,000 cash Saturday for an East Northport woman accused in the drive-by BB gun shootings that left more than 60 broken car windows in Islandia, Hauppauge and Commack over the past two weeks.

Suffolk police on Friday charged Susan Becker, 43, with 10 counts of criminal mischief and 11 counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

They said she drove with her 13-year-old son, her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend, both 15, and encouraged them to shoot out the windows of parked cars with a BB gun she had bought for them.

Becker was arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip, with her children and husband sitting in the back of the courtroom. Family members declined to comment on the charges.

A legal aid lawyer assigned to Becker's case said she has no prior contact with the criminal justice system. Her next court appearance is Tuesday.

According to court records, in one incident in Hauppauge, Becker, acting "in concert with others, discharged BB pellets from a soft-air gun and a slingshot which broke the rear window on a 2011 Jeep . . . causing about $250 in damage."

In an incident in Commack, Becker and the teens allegedly shot "BB pellets from an air gun," breaking the driver's side window of a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer, causing $200 in damage.

Another complaint from Islandia states that "the defendant, acting in concert with others, threw eggs at a 2012 Kia . . . causing about $150 in damage."

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