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Police investigating rocks through car windows
This is the only released image of the suspected individual who has been throwing large stones through parked cars windows. More than 30 instances were reported in two days last week.
This is the only released image of the suspected individual who has been throwing large stones through parked cars windows. More than 30 instances were reported in two days last week. Niagara Regional Police Services

A series of car windows and one home window were smashed across the Niagara region last week in a destruction spree that has no reported motive.

Niagara Regional Police Services have launched multiple damage investigations as of June 30 after receiving more than 30 reports of an unknown person throwing large stones and garden pavers through car and home windows, according to a media release.

There has been one reported instance of damage in Niagara-on-the-Lake. It occurred near Townline Rd. and East and West Line on June 30 to Brittany Lepp’s Mazda CX-5.

“It was strange because my husband came home late that night. So, it must have been after midnight. And then he was getting up to go to work at about 6:30 and he noticed that the window was broken,” said Lepp during an interview on Monday.

The incident mirrors what the police have seen.

“It was reported in most of the incidents that a suspect drove up to the various complainant’s addresses, exited his vehicle and then threw a stone/brick through the windows of the various complainants’ vehicles,” said a police media release.

The release notes that nearly all of the acts of destruction took place between midnight and 6 a.m.

On June 28, the police received 16 reports in the Town of Lincoln alone.

On June 30, another 18 reports were sent in from across the region resulting in 18 investigations.

There are four in St. Catharines, four in Thorold, Six in Niagara Falls, one in NOTL and three in Pelham.

Lepp said nothing was stolen from her car.

“I would almost feel better if they had taken something because then it wouldn’t be for nothing,” Lepp said.

Const. Philip Gavin with the Niagara Police told the Lake Report there had not been any known reports of theft from any of the incidents.

Her sense of humour is more intact than her car’s rear window.

“I appreciated the free rock but the delivery method leaves a lot to be desired,” Lepp said with a laugh.

She said her husband George Lepp’s car was parked nearer to the road than hers but the vagrant opted to throw a stone through her car.

The stone blew apart her back window and smashed her wiper blades. It was a much smaller stone than the ones used in the other reported instances.

The police said, in one instance, a 60 pound rock was hurled through the window of a home.

Lepp noted that her house is not in a busy area.

“It’s super strange. They must have been cruising around solely for that purpose. Really strange.”

“I just don’t see what anyone gets from this.”

The Lepp’s have a doorbell camera but unfortunately the batteries were dead one June 30, something that Lepp was quick to change after the incident.

But other victims did and the police have obtained one photo of the suspect and their vehicle.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately six feet tall with a thin build.

During the incidents he was reported as wearing dark pants, a dark baseball cap, a blue medical mask and no shirt.

Anyone with information about these incidents are asked to contact Niagara police at 905-688-4111, option 3, extension 1022200.