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McHenry police investigate 130 shattered car windows

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Stephanie Janisch - sjanisch@nwherald.com Dan Braun, of McHenry, applies tape to the broken side window of his Oldsmobile station wagon Wednesday after it was vandalized late Tuesday. Braun is just one of over 130 McHenry residents whose car windows were broken or damaged.

McHENRY – Police said Wednesday that the windows of more than 130 cars were shattered in an overnight vandalism spree.

Residents across the city of McHenry awoke Wednesday to broken windows, including some that appeared to have been shot out.

McHenry Deputy Police Chief Robert Lumber said police were investigating the incidents and seeking information that could lead to a suspect. In the meantime, police patrols will be boosted throughout the city.

“It’s relatively uncommon for our town,” Lumber said. “We are bringing in extra officers to try and saturate those areas a bit more.”

Lumber said the property damage happened in the early morning.

Residents including Kate and Nicholas Rodriquez noticed the damage as early as 4:30 a.m.

“My husband was leaving for work and went outside to start the truck ... and comes back in and says, ‘The back window was shot out,’ ” said Kate Rodriquez, who lives on Grove Avenue.

Cars appeared to have been selected at random. Neighborhoods where damage occurred included Lakeland Park and the Country Club subdivision just outside city limits, southeast of McHenry East Campus. But the damage was not isolated to those areas.

“It might be easier to say which subdivisions were not hit,” Lumber said when asked about locations of the incidents. “It was very much widespread throughout the city.”

Lumber said many of the windows that were broken were back windows. They also were exclusively from cars parked in driveways.

There were no suspects as of Wednesday night, but police are offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest or arrests.

Anyone with information is asked to call either Crime Stoppers of McHenry County at 1-800-762-7867 or the McHenry Police Department at 815-363-2200. Individuals also may use the police tip line at 815-363-2124.

This is the second report of notable vandalism in McHenry in a week.

On Sunday night, about 50 to 60 headstones were knocked over in the Woodland and St. Mary’s cemeteries, near the intersection of Richmond Road and Maple Avenue.

Some of the gravestones were pushed off their foundations and can be restored to their original conditions, while some were broken.

Lumber said the broken windows and the cemetery incident didn’t appear to be related at this time. Neither does the failure of the District 156 referendums and the broken windows, he said.

“At this point, we don’t have a particular motive,” Lumber said. “[But] we are definitely taking it seriously.”

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