Window shooters charged

Window shooters charged

CENTRAL POINT — An investigation that started in June has led to the arrest of three teenagers suspected of shooting out more than $32,700 worth of vehicle and house windows.

The damage came in two overnight sprees, one starting on June 1 and one starting on June 25, Central Point police Detective Kris Allison said. In all, officers took 78 reports of broken windows from 75 victims scattered across the city. Some people were targeted twice, she said.

"The amount of damage was just amazing," Allison said.

She said that in her seven years as an investigator, this is the largest criminal mischief case the department has seen.

In June, police featured the vandalism waves on Crimestoppers and sought public help. Tips came in, and patrol officers and investigators tracked leads and kept an eye out for suspects.

The investigation led to a 17-year-old Central Point girl, then to two of her friends, Pantara Danielle Valentino and Timothy Sherman Lindsey, both 18. All three have been charged with 43 felony counts of first-degree criminal mischief.

Police arrested Valentino and Lindsey Tuesday, and they each were lodged at the Jackson County Jail, where they remained Wednesday on $215,000 bail. The 17-year-old's case has been referred to the Jackson County Juvenile Justice Department.

Allison said the BB and pellet guns used in the vandalism belonged to Lindsey. He, his girlfriend, Valentino, and the younger girl initially planned to retaliate against someone they had a clash with by shooting out a car's windows, Allison said. They couldn't find the car they wanted to target, so they "just started shooting," she said. "They were just out having fun."

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