BB gun vandal dubbed 'Rogue Red Ryder' damages 40 vehicles

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comDecember 11, 2012 

— A vandal – dubbed the “Rogue Red Ryder,” by police – has used a BB gun to damage vehicles around Cary.

“Someone has received their BB gun early and is hitting the streets in Cary, causing vandalism that’s sure to put them on Santa’s naughty list,” town officials reported in a news release issued Tuesday.

Cary police said they began fielding calls on Nov. 23 from residents who reported that one or more the windows in their vehicle had been shot out by what appeared to be a BB gun.

So far, they have investigated 40 separate incidents of BB gun vandalism. In a handful of the incidents, the suspect adds insult to injury by tossing eggs into the targeted vehicles to cause additional damage.

Investigators say that most of the vehicles that ended up in the BB gun’s crosshairs were parked on streets inside Maynard Loop with a few more incidents reported in driveways just outside the Loop.

No items have been stolen from inside the vehicles and no injuries have been reported.

Cary police are asking residents to follow a few simple steps: to discourage the Rogue Red Ryder, or other BB bandits:

•  If possible, park in a garage, carport or driveway.

•  If parking on the street, park in well-lighted areas.

•  Immediately call 911 if you hear or witness suspicious activity.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact the Town of Cary Police Department at 919- 469-4012 or Cary Crime Stoppers at 919-226-2746. Crime Stoppers pays up to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest or indictment of those responsible for committing certain types of crimes. All calls can be kept confidential at caller’s request.

For more crime prevention tips, see the Police Department section of www.townofcary.org or call 919-469-4324. For real-time crime updates, follow the Town of Cary’s Safety feed on Twitter @TOC_Safety.

McDonald: 919-829-4533

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