Residents in Plano are getting tired of waking up to find they've been hit - literally.
Deputy Joe Green with the Warren County Sheriff's Department has been investigating the cases. Green says, "We responded to several complaints beginning last night and early morning hours of criminal mischief to vehicles. As you can see behind me, a couple of windows have been knocked out of them. Severe damage to them."
There's been 17 cases in the last two weeks. Sheriff's deputies estimate the amount of damage at close to $10,000.
Green says, "They've hit several brand new vehicles, the insides of doors, glass costs a lot of money. Plus, vehicle damage is going to take a lot of body work."
The vandals are not just limiting their damage to residential and private areas. They are also targeting businesses in the community, like the Plano Store.
Kelly Tittle works at the Plano Store. Tittle says, "About 1 a.m. on the clock, we heard a loud noise. The window was broken out."
They say they don't think it's a funny prank.
Tittle says, "This is our livelihood. This is my place of employment and other people also. And it really hurts a business anytime something like this happens."
The Warren County Sheriff's Department has a message for the vandals.
Green says, "Whoever's doing it just because they think it's fun and exciting but it's actually causing people to fix their vehicles and costing them money out of their pockets."
If the damage is over $1,000 it's considered a Class D felony and can lead up to five years in the state or federal penitentiary.
If you have any information on these acts of destruction, please call the Warren County Sheriff's Department at 842-1633.