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Winston-Salem, NC -- Someone is taking aim at car windows in Winston-Salem and has now busted about 100 of them since the weekend.

Police say someone is using an air rifle or BB gun to shoot out windows and windshields in cars all over the city. The latest rash of about 40 reports came Wednesday night and adds to a total of around 50 that came in Saturday night.

Investigators haven't said who they think is pulling the trigger or whether what happened Wednesday night and over the weekend are related. But police officers are also working with deputies from Forsyth and Davie Counties because of a couple dozen other reports there.

"I hope your sorry you-know-what gets caught and your sorry you-know-what is thrown in jail for a good long time," Noelle Tyner said of whoever is taking aim at the windows.

The vandals hit her husband's car in Winston-Salem's Buena Vista area on Wednesday night.

"We shouldn't have to put up with this stuff in our neighborhood," Tyner said. "This is ridiculous. It just makes you really angry."

Just up the street from her house, someone shot out the windows on two of Thad Brown's cars. He had to take one of them to Greensboro to get it worked on because the glass shops in Winston-Salem are so busy.

The phone has been ringing off the hook at Pfaff's Auto Glass on Peters Creek Parkway, workers say.

For Brown, the toughest hasn't been the hassle of dealing with his insurance company and the repair shop; it's been the heartache of explaining what happened to his young kids.

"That's probably a life lesson more than anything," he said. "Just to let them know that not everyone's kind and good, like their teachers and their friends and parents and relatives. It's just a life lesson we didn't think we were going to have to teach on Valentine's Day -- a day of love."

It costs anywhere from $100 to $700, on average, to get a window or windshield replaced. That means whoever's doing this has caused between $10,000 and $70,000 worth of damage.

While Tyner wants jail time for the culprits, Brown says he wishes they had to pay back his insurance deductibles and, perhaps, spend a hot August day detailing all the cars they've damaged.

Winston-Salem police say there are two vehicles of interest they're looking for. One is a large, dark boxy vehicle, possible a GM make, from the late '70s or early '80s. They're also on the lookout for a newer, small silver SUV.

Anyone who knows anything that could help is asked to call CrimeStoppers at (336) 727-2800.

WFMY News 2

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