Crime Watch

Jan 6, 2012 12:36 AM by Q2 News

Surveillance video may have spotted car vandals

BILLINGS - A recent vandalism spree that began less than two weeks ago in Billings has victimized more than 200 people, but vandalism is nothing new to a number of Billings residents.

A Q2 viewer has shared surveillance video of what appears to be five young people running through a street and looking into car windows during the middle of the night. A night when a case of vandalism came was reported in that area.

The surveillance video was taken in Billings near Rose Park.

The video was captured on December 11th at 3:03 a.m.

About 18 seconds into the footage, three people run through the camera's view and appear to look into a car parked on the street.

At the same time, a shadow appears near the side of a truck parked in the driveway of the home with the surveillance camera and (what appears to be) a young girl runs out of the camera's view.

Seconds after, another person is seen running down the road following the other four.

The video doesn't show any actual vandalism taking place. However, on that same night just 45 minutes after the subjects were caught on camera, a case of vehicle vandalism was reported to the Billings Police on that same block.

In an email to Q2, the viewer explained how his neighbor had his car vandalized with spray paint a couple weeks ago, so he looked at the footage to see if it caught anything. That's when he discovered the video of five individuals running through the street at 3 a.m.

Billings police are also reviewing this video, but Lt. Iffland says they don't believe this incident is tied to the recent vandalism spree that has victimized more than 200 vehicle owners. Lt. Iffland says these subjects do not match their suspect description for the current crime spree.

The viewer said he installed the camera last spring after he had three cases of vandalism to vehicles belonging to people living at his house in a two month period.

Although the spree wasn't reported until December 26th, the KTVQ Crime Map shows vandalism was reported on that block 45 minutes after the people ran by the security camera.

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