Shattered windows are becoming the norm for many residents and business owners in one wiregrass city. Not only is it a nuisance, but it has become costly for many of those who are being targeted.
Donnie Miton’s glass shop has been doing rather well for the past month. However, not in the way he would have liked business to pick up.
"I get at least 10 or 15 calls a day, you know, from someone saying, ‘you know, I think someone threw a rock’, and they won't say for sure or anything like that or a slingshot or whatever," Miton said.
Miton is among many who have fallen victim to shattered windows in the area.
Ozark authorities say the suspect or suspects have been using a slingshot to project ball barrels, pennies and other objects, shattering windows in homes, business' and vehicles.
Ozark Police Department Deputy Chief Myron Williams said, "Over the past month, we've had over 30 of these occur."
Authorities say many around the area have been feeling the pain of the vandalism, including resident Eddie Ruffin. "It's been shot about 7, 8, 10 times from the house to the cars; my daughter’s truck was shot at last week," he said.
Ruffin says he has pellet holes from his home to his vehicles.
He says it’s happened numerous times; however, catching the suspect is another problem in itself.
"It sounds like a gun gone off or a big loud boom and 'bout time you come back to your senses or get to the door, or whatever, the truck is gone over the hill," Ruffin adds.
For Miton, he says it’s just an overall disappointment for those who work hard for what they have everyday.
Authorities say they do have a suspect in mind and are hoping to catch them in action and put this vandalism to an end.