Teens Accused of Causing More than $14K in Damage

Police say teenagers shot at least 49 different car, house windows

By Omar Villafranca
|  Wednesday, Dec 7, 2011  |  Updated 11:43 PM CDT
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Frisco police say four people from Dallas and Little Elm shot out at least 49 different car and home windows.

Omar Villafranca, NBC 5 News

Frisco police say four people from Dallas and Little Elm shot out at least 49 different car and home windows.

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Frisco police have arrested four teenagers accused of causing more than $14,000 in damage to dozens of homes.

Collin Curtin Schaeffer, Mitchell Addison Palmer and Matthew Ryan Barron, all 17 years old, along with 19-year-old Christopher Warren Peddicord, were arrested in Frisco. The suspects are from Little Elm and Dallas.

They allegedly shot out at least 49 different car and house windows in various neighborhoods, Frisco Police Sgt. Brad Merritt said. He said the teenagers and man used BB guns, slingshots and other weapons.

“They're even using paintball guns," he said. "In one of the cases, the female victim was struck with a paintball."

The teenagers and man were each charged with 49 counts of criminal mischief, a state jail felony. If convicted, they could spend between 180 days to two years in jail for each charge and pay a fine of up to $10,000.

The crime may seem petty, but someone could have been hurt, police said.

“Something as simple as a BB going through a car window -- if there's a person in the car, a small child being hit by a BB -- that can cause sufficient bodily injury,” Merritt said.

Frisco police had been investigating the case for several months, Merritt said. They are also investigating other related cases.

Anyone with information can call the department's non-emergency line at 972-292-6010.

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