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Austin vandalism count rises from weekend spree

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AUSTIN, Minn. (KTTC) -- At least 30 cars were vandalized in Austin during a weekend crime spree, and Tuesday the number of cars reported damaged has increased.

It is unknown if these recent incidents are in fact new, or whether the car owners are just discovering them from the weekend's rounds.  In any case, residents are not happy with the altered start to their daily routine.

"I'm still dealing with the glass kind of breaking off little by little. I have three young kids, so they can't even ride in my backseat yet," said Austin resident Randy Smith.

Smith lives on Sixth Avenue Southwest, and had his Oldsmobile Bravada and Jayco Camper damaged from broken windows and bullet holes.  The rampage continued across the town too, hitting his neighbors Toyota hard.

Ten minutes away, Larry Klemmer's wife woke up to a similar scene.

"She came out and she came back in and she's back in like right away and said something has happened to the car. So I looked out myself and saw that the back window was broken out," Klemmer said.

Vandals shot a hole in his window, which left Klemmer to pick out the pieces in his backseat.  His day wasn't the same.

"Ah well, it's been a burden trying to find a replacement window, and trying to get the door panel apart, and I run into trouble taking it to the body shop to finish the job," Klemmer said.  "It's something that I can't handle myself."

There are no suspects, although one witness reported seeing a dark sedan drive off from one incident. Inside she saw four males in their late teens to early twenties.

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