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More than 50 vehicles vandalized in local area, Kulpmont hit hardest



MARK GILGER/STAFF PHOTOS This Jeep Liberty at Power King Motor Sports in Kulpmont was among more than 50 vehicles recently vandalized in the local area.

MARK GILGER/STAFF PHOTOS This Jeep Liberty at Power King Motor Sports in Kulpmont was among more than 50 vehicles recently vandalized in the local area.

KULPMONT — Charges are pending against two teens who police say are responsible for smashing out windows with a pellet gun on more than 50 vehicles in the local area, causing thousands of dollars in damage.

A 19-year-old Coal Township man and a 17-year-old Shamokin male will be charged in the vandalism spree that began late Thursday night or early Friday morning.

During an interview with police, the adult said he was driving the vehicle while the juvenile shot out the windows with a pellet gun.

Patrolman Nathan Foust said 35 of the vehicles were parked in Kulpmont, including four at Power King Motor Sports and 11 at Lou Apichell Motors along Route 61 (1500 block of Chestnut Street). A house also was damaged by a pellet in the 1200 block of Poplar Street in the borough.

Police said 11 vehicles were vandalized in the Springfield and Ranshaw sections of Coal Township. Windows on five vehicles were shot out on vehicles in the 600 and 900 blocks of East Race Street, Mount Carmel Street and a parking lot behind Weis Markets in Shamokin. A pellet also damaged a home in the 100 block of North Shamokin Street.

Only one vehicle was reported vandalized in Mount Carmel. No damage was reported in Mount Carmel Township or Marion Heights.

 The first incident in Kulpmont was reported to police at 1 p.m. Friday by a woman who witnessed two males shoot out a window on a Ford car. Police said the woman followed the car before stopping when it turned toward Ranshaw. The woman, who also spotted other vehicles in Kulpmont with windows shot out, was able to obtain a license plate number on the auto and provided it to police, which led them to the alleged perpetrators.