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Nassau vehicle vandals cause $16,000 in damage, cops say

Nassau police say the suspect who caused at least $16,000 in damage by shooting out the windows of more than a dozen parked vehicles and two business with a BB gun between Sunday and Monday is likely a bored young person, police said Tuesday.

“It is hard to tell, but if you looked at predictive analysis or anything like that, it appears to be the younger generation because they are out at night and they’re looking for something to do,” Det. Lt. Richard LeBrun, a department spokesman, said. “Very few times do we catch anyone over the age of 20-25 with regard to this type of crime.”

In all, 17 vehicles and businesses were struck between Sunday and Monday, police said. Fifteen vehicles were hit in Levittown, East Meadow, North Merrick and Wantagh, and a pair of business storefront windows also were struck, police said.

Police suspect the shooter was in an older model white sport utility vehicle, possibly a Chevrolet, which was spotted by a driveway surveillance camera in Wantagh, one of the locations hit, police said. The footage shows the suspect vehicle going past the parked cars just after 11:30 p.m. Sunday, with the time stamp on the video an hour behind due to the Daylight Saving Time change.

Detectives in the First, Second and Seventh precincts are investigating, and police said additional victims or anyone with information could contact their local precincts.

LeBrun said police are “very concerned” that someone could be injured by a BB gun pellet.

“They’re a very small pellet, but the problem is they have velocity to them,” said LeBrun. “So if you’re walking around and that pellet hits you in the wrong spot of your body, yes, it could damage your eye. . . . It’s going to hurt. We’ve had instances where people have been shot in the eye and they lose their sight. So we’re very concerned about that.”

With Ellen Yan

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