Bradley County detectives have established leads in a case involving a number of very dangerous acts of vandalism, which have been reportedly occurring the past few weeks.
Just a few years ago, Detective Zech Pike of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division was involved in a similar case where Lee University students were among some of the victims of objects being thrown at moving vehicles while they traveled on Interstate 75 and McMinn County roadways.
That case resulted in the arrest of several McMinn County residents, who were also involved in vandalizing the construction equipment being used at the new Cleveland Regional Jetport.
For the past three weeks, approximately 13 cars have been struck by objects as their drivers traveled North Lee Highway.
“The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of vandals that have damaged approximately 13 vehicles on North Lee Highway. Citizen complaints have damages amounting to several thousand dollars from objects that were thrown from vehicles going in the opposite direction,” said Bob Gault, media relations coordinator for BCSO.
“Detectives have secured descriptions of several vehicles suspected of taking part in the vandalism,” he added.
According to Pike, all of the acts have occurred between the Hickory Hills and Bellfounte areas. He said it hasn’t been confirmed what type of projectile the vandals have been using to strike the vehicles.
Pike also said some of the victims have had to seek medical treatment due to glass breakage after objects have been thrown.
“Reports taken by patrol deputies give most damage as broken or shattered windshields, but other damage has been reported. No serious injuries have occurred, but the potential exists for serious injury and further property loss,” Gault said.
Anyone who has information that could help identify those involved should contact the Criminal Investigations Division by calling 728-7336.
Additional information will be published as the investigators continue to develop leads.