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'Really disgusting:' Billings residents react to mass vandalism

Nelson's Broken Window
Posted at 5:38 PM, Jan 28, 2024

Early Saturday morning, there were over 50 vehicle windows shot out by a BB gun, according to Billings Police.

Majority of the cases were reported between the 100 block and 1500 block of Terry Avenue. So far, there have been no suspects named in the case.

Police are calling the event a mass vandalism because of the multitude of residents affected. Taya Nelson is among those living on Terry Avenue who discovered that her window was shattered Saturday morning when she left her home to head to work.

"I was shocked, honestly," Nelson said Sunday morning. "People just don't care about anybody. It's very disappointing."

Nelson's window was destroyed and her husband Jeffrey's windshield had multiple BB bullet holes in it as well.

"It's really disgusting honestly," Nelson said. "People are barely getting by right now and to add this to their plate is really upsetting."

Jeffrey said it's hard to see Billings have more crimes like these.

"I was born and raise here and lived here my whole life," Jeffrey said. "It's just sad to see the town and the way it's turning into and what's been happening with it."

Just a couple houses down, Rollie Strand's back driver's side window was also destroyed, leaving him wondering what the motive was.

"It kind of makes you scratch your head all over again when you think about it," Strand said. "Like why? Really, why?"

Strand was still working on cleaning the shattered glass out of his back seat, but said he was doing his best to stay positive.

Shattered glass in Strand's car

"I had to roll with it with a positive attitude," Strand said. "I just had to, but there was that, no way. Okay. Crappy people are out and about."

Strand said that he was very surprised by the number of cars that were affected.

"I was shocked at that part," Strand said. "I thought a couple vehicles here or there, but hearing that number, that's a little extreme. That's a lot of damages."

Police said they are looking into the incident, however the Nelsons said no one on Terry Avenue captured any video, which means ultimately they aren't expecting a happy ending to the investigation.

"Police are going to do their investigation, but there's only so much they can do," Taya said. "It's probably going to happen again and that's the worst part."