Crime

Lexington neighborhood hit with a second wave of BB gun vandalism.

Just a few days after windows of homes and vehicles were shattered, Lexington police responded to another 18 reports of vandalism in the Meadowthorpe neighborhood Sunday.

Brenna Angel, a Lexington police spokeswoman, said parked cars were struck by what appeared to be BB gun shots.

It was the second incident of BB gun vandalism in Meadowthorpe within a week. On Thursday, police reported a dozen homes and vehicles were damaged by BB gun shots. Numerous windows were broken.

Angel said the second round brought the total vandalism reports in Meadowthorpe to 40. She said she does not recall similar problems in the neighborhood.

In 2017, a wave of BB gun vandalism between May 14 and June 8 damaged cars, homes, and businesses, primarily in the downtown Lexington area. There were about 41 damage reports.

Vandalism is more common during the summer, Angel said.

In the Meadowthorpe case, Angel said the property damage is frustrating because it seems random. Victims have to spend time and money getting repairs.

Using surveillance video of the area, police identified a light-colored passenger car possibly used to fire shots between 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday. Police released the video Friday to generate tips about possible suspects. Police said extra patrols would occur in the neighborhood.

Angel said police believe the same vehicle from Thursday was involved in Sunday’s damage. The destruction was spread throughout the neighborhood on multiple streets.

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On Thursday and Sunday, there were two waves of vandalism in the Meadowthorpe neighborhood. In those two days, police received 40 reports of vehicles and houses damaged by BB gun pellets, according to Brenna Angel, a Lexington police spokesperson. Lexington community crime map

Angel confirmed extra patrols occurred in the area but not at the time of the vandalism.

“Unfortunately we can’t be everywhere all the time,” Angel said.

Lexington police urged anyone with information to call (859) 258-3600 or text LEXPD with anonymous tips to CRIMES (274637).

Anonymous tips can also be submitted through Bluegrass Crime Stoppers at (859) 253-2020.

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