Two 16-year-old boys are now in custody after allegedly vandalizing at least 42 cars with BB guns across different streets in southeastern Chula Vista.
According to police, the string of vehicle vandalism happened over the course of at least three nights – between Sunday and Tuesday.
During this period, investigators say more than four dozen cars were targeted with BB guns, resulting in broken windows and thousands of dollars in damages.
In many cases, witnesses reported seeing an older, white BMW occupied by at least three to five juvenile boys in the streets where the vandalism occurred.
A security guard captured the suspect vehicle on surveillance tape and was able to give Chula Vista police a license plate number. On Wednesday, officers traced the vehicle to a home in the area and took two 16-year-old boys into custody in connection with the vandalism.
At one of the teen’s homes, detectives found a BB gun and “gallon-sized” bag of BB’s. A search of a second teenager’s home yielded four more BB guns. Additional suspects have not yet been identified or arrested.
Police say the vandals struck dozens of streets in Chula Vista. On Sunday, cars were targeted in the 1200 block of Alondra Avenue, 1100 block of Barton Peak Drive, the 1100 block of Gustine Street and the 1300 block of Caminito Cortina, to name a few locations.
On Monday night, the suspects damaged cars on streets including the 1500 block of Cavern Point Court, 1100 block of Via Goya and multiple vehicles at East Vaquero Court and East J Street. Tuesday night vehicle vandalism included multiple blocks of Camino Del Sol, Kincaid Avenue and Pleasanton Road.
Detectives are now in the process of compiling reports and plan to forward them to the District Attorney for review and charges.
Anyone who believes their vehicle may have been vandalized during this time period is asked to report the damages to the Chula Vista Police Department at (619) 691-5151.