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Three Windows Shot at Linn County Building

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- The Linn County Sheriff's Office is trying to figure out who shot and shattered three windows at the Juvenile Justice Center on 8th Ave. Southwest, Thursday evening.

Authorities think the northwest facing windows were hit between 5:20 p.m., when they were cleaned, and 9 p.m., when passing police officers noticed the damage.

Investigators believe a pellet gun was used because projectiles only pierced one pane on each the double-pane windows.

"We all watch '[A] Christmas Story' every year. They say...'You'll shoot your eye out.' I mean, there's enough velocity with these types of guns that you can do some serious damage," Col. John Stuelke, with the Linn County Sheriff's Office said.

The sheriff's office said this kind of thing happens from time to time. Cedar Rapids Police investigated a similar incident in May. That's when someone shot a pellet gun at a city fire truck. The pellet smashed into the windshield leaving a two-inch hole that cost about $600 to repair.

The juvenile court's windows may cost as much as $1,500 to fix.

"It definitely impacts our facilities budget and ultimately impacts tax dollars that will be used to take care of the repairs," said Linn County Facilities Manager Garth Fagerbakke.

Investigators will be checking video from security cameras to see if they spotted those responsible. Authorities said the bad guys will probably face criminal mischief charges..

"Somebody could be looking at, not only restitution to pay for the windows, but also some jail time if they're caught and convicted," said Stuelke.

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