PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — Some families had a difficult start to their Thanksgiving day after waking up to find that their cars and homes had been vandalized.
The Pflugerville Police Department said most of the vehicles had broken windows and suspect they may have been shot at with a BB gun or Airsoft gun. They say some residences also had broken windows.
Police told KXAN Thursday that they’d received about 30 calls for service.
At this point in their investigation, police believe some of the cases on Jerusalem Drive in the Springbrook Centre subdivision area may have happened as early as 10 p.m. Wednesday and the vandalism continued through 1 a.m. Thanksgiving in the Windermere neighborhood. Much of the damage was done to houses and cars on Edgemere Drive, Framingham Circle, Ramble Creek Drive and York Castle Drive.
“I think it’s some young kids that have nothing else to do. That’s the only thing I could think of why. It didn’t appear that they were breaking in and taking anything. It was just malicious intent,” explained Shelia Dunlap, who lives in the area and spotted a vandalized vehicle early Thanksgiving morning.
Dunlap was looking forward to a relaxing holiday with friends and family. When she arrived at the home on Thursday morning where she was spending Thanksgiving, she spotted the back window of one of the vehicles parked in the driveway was shattered. That brand new vehicle belonged to one of the family’s out-of-town guests.
“Hard-earned money and the first thing you have to do is replace something. It’s not good,” said Dunlap.
If the suspects are caught, the victims say they would pursue criminal charges.
“People need to be held accountable for their actions. It’s not fun and games. That you’re messing with people’s lives because it could have been detrimental. It could have been more than that. It could have been somebody inside the vehicle,” Dunlap added.
Pflugerville Police are currently working to find those responsible. They say the suspects were in some type of SUV or a crossover-type vehicle.
“It’s going to be our job to make sure that we try our best to make sure these people are brought to justice,” said Sgt. Jared Thyssen. “I just ask the community to please check their surveillance footage. If they have anything that can be of any help to us.”
Police stress that if you have any surveillance cameras in the area that might contain pertinent video to their investigation, to please contact the Pflugerville Police Department at 512-990-6700. If you’d prefer to send in a tip electronically, you can email police at CIDTIPS@PflugervilleTX.gov.