Valley News – Teens arrested after windows explode in West Lebanon, Hartford

Posted: 12/31/2021 15:00:44 PM

Modified: 12/31/2021 3:00:16 PM

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – More than a dozen merchants in Hartford and Lebanon are assessing damage to their storefronts after vandals fired BBs into their windows Thursday night.

“Several businesses saw their windows damaged by BB pellets this evening,” Hartford police said in a Facebook post early Friday morning. “We want to assure the public that those involved have been located. “

Lebanon Police Sgt. Adam Leland said several businesses along Route 12A including Town Fair Tire, Lebanon Pet & Aquarium Center, the former Pier One store on Staples Plaza and a toy store in Glen Road Plaza also reported damage.

“I know it’s under investigation by the previous working shift,” Leland said.

He said Hartford had informed Lebanese police of the suspects and that “they would be the same people”.

Leland had no information on the suspects and a Hartford team commander could not be reached for comment on Friday.

Peggy Allen, partner of Junction Fiber Mill on Maple Street in White River Junction, said the BB pellet attack shattered the large windows in the storefront of her newly opened wool fiber factory in the old Kibby Equipment building in opposite Hartford Town Hall, not far from the bridge. in western Lebanon.

“I got a phone call from the police at 7:15 p.m. and they said ‘your window is broken’ … I went down there and there was a big hole in the window and she went. collapsed. “

Allen said she was not sure if there had been a single pellet or multiple BBs fired at the window.

“I was looking for a brick. I don’t know how I could find a BB on this stage, ”she said.

The building is owned by Mike Davidson, a leading Upper Valley commercial and rental real estate developer, and Allen said the owner quickly dispatched a worker who went to Home Depot and bought plywood to cover the window before .

No one was with the company at the time of the vandalism because they had taken the holiday off, said Allen, a Hartford resident.

Police informed her that “19 to 20 locations” had been affected and that they had arrested three suspects, aged 13, 14 and 18, Allen said.

Vandalism is not without consequence, she added, due to the cost of replacing the large storefront window and the expense of waste heat created by shattering glass and temporary plywood that provides lower insulation.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen to these kids, but I would like to look them in the face and tell them what it did to us,” Allen said.

Hartford Police said anyone who noticed damage to their window as a result of the incident should call them at 802-295-9425.

For those affected in Lebanon, Leland said people should call Lebanese police at 603-448-1212.

John Lippman can be contacted at [email protected]

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