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32 vehicle windows shot out in Medford

Medford police have taken more than 30 reports of vehicle windows being shot out with a BB gun in the past week.

The spree, which has caused thousands of dollars in damage to 32 vehicles since July 28, has mostly occurred in southwest Medford, though several reports came from east Medford.

"They're kind of random," said Medford police Lt. Kerry Curtis. "Drive down the street, shoot windows out. Drive down the street, shoot more windows out."

Most of the vandalism occurred during the night. Some windows shattered, while others had BB-sized punctures. Investigators said they have identified several 15- and 16-year-old boys as suspects, but officials have not filed any charges or made any arrests.

Police did arrest a quintet of males for breaking out windows early Wednesday morning, but not on vehicles.

The group, which included Victor Alvarenga-Rosales, 20, Chandler Ruiz, 19, and three juveniles age 15, 16 and 17, are suspected of using "rocks and slingshots to break the glass wall on the catwalk" that crosses Tenth Street between the old Larson's building and the new furniture building, according to a police affidavit. The group caused an estimated $10,000 in damage, the affidavit said.

"It sounds like they broke out every window," Curtis said.

Police temporarily shut down a portion of Tenth Street Wednesday because pieces of glass were falling off the shattered windows and onto the roadway.

Neither Rosales-Alvarenga nor Ruiz was listed in the Jackson County Jail Wednesday afternoon, though both had been arraigned on a single felony charge of first-degree criminal mischief, court records showed.

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or rpfeil@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/ryanpfeil.