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Dozens of homes damaged by BBs in Stark, Tuscarawas counties; Three charged

MASSILLON, Ohio-- Tuscarawas and Stark counties were under fire this past weekend.

Homes and cars were sprayed with BB pellets, leaving a trail of broken glass from Massillon to Beach City, through Strasburg and possibly New Philadelphia.

"We heard noise in the kitchen,” said Chris Kirtley, “The cat and the dog went crazy so I came out and I looked."

Kirtley's home on Green Avenue was one of 30 locations targeted in Massillon. He said it was about 12:30 a.m. Saturday when BBs peppered his side porch.

Pieces of metal could still be seen in his door frame and the door’s window will have to be replaced.  Another 19 homes and cars were hit in Beach City, according to Police Chief Curt Gipe.  Only one report of a damaged car was made in Strasburg.

"I seen my neighbors about three doors up and they were looking at their cars with their flashlight on their phones. I knew something was going on," Kirtley said.

Gipe said the shooting spree came to an end when New Philadelphia police made a traffic stop early Saturday morning. They found three BB guns and four people inside the car.

A 17-year-old boy, an 18-year-old girl, a 20-year-old woman and her 25-year-old boyfriend were all from the outskirts of Beach City.  Gipe said three of them admitted to causing the damage. Their motive was boredom.

"It's very aggravating," said Kirtley, who’s left to clean up the damage.

Kirtley expected the cost to replace his window would be $100, far less than other victims would have to pay thanks to small group of people with nothing better to do.

"I don't think much of them,” said Kirtley while surveying the damage to his home, “I'm not a fan of them."

All but the 18-year-old were facing charges of criminal damaging.  She was found sleeping in the back seat of the automobile when it was pulled over by New Philadelphia police.

The case against her will be taken to the local prosecutor for consideration of charges.

According to Gipe, two suspects fled to Florida Tuesday morning. It was not clear if they were attempting to evade arrest.