String of Bluffton vandalism incidents reaches unusual high

info@islandpacket.comAugust 2, 2013 

Ten to 15 different acts of vandalism have occurred in Bluffton during the past few days, Capt. Angela McCall-Tanner said Friday.

And outside the town, in unincorporated areas of southern Beaufort County, there have been more incidents, she added.

The Bluffton Police Department and the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office are working together to catch the vandals, who have caused more than $8,000 in damage to vehicles and homes.

"The volume of these incidents is unusual," McCall-Tanner said. "We always have a little spike in vandalism during the summer with kids being home from school, but whoever is doing this has really stepped it up in this set of incidents."

The first incidents were in The Willows, Bluffton Park and The Farm on the night of July 28. Then on July 31, the Pinecrest community was hit.

In each neighborhood, residents' vehicles or homes were vandalized with spray paint, what appears to be a BB or pellet gun, and in some cases, both.

"We haven't found evidence confirming these incidents are all related, but it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to say they appear to be related," McCall-Tanner said.

It appears the vandalized vehicles and houses are being targeted at random. Extra patrols have been added in the communities that have been hit.

"This is being done by people with too much time on their hands," McCall-Tanner said.

Anyone with information on the crimes can call Officer Bill Ferrilli at 843-706-1713 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-274-6372.

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