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2 young men facing combined 124 counts over alleged vandalism

As we have discussed on our Lafayette criminal defense blog, acts of vandalism are sometimes taken very seriously by law enforcement officers in Louisiana. Some things that may seem like victimless pranks to one person can be viewed by police and prosecutors as serious property crimes. This is likely the case for two young men from Marrero who are suspected of shooting out the windows of dozens of cars with a BB gun.

Police say that some of the shootings were recorded on surveillance video; they were able to identify the vehicle involved via software that automatically recorded the license plate. Authorities used that information to visit one of the suspects at a home in Marrero, where the man allegedly admitted to shooting windows on multiple occasions. He then reportedly gave information about another suspect, who told police that he was involved as well.

While shooting out a single car window may not seem like a heinous crime, officials say the two were responsible for damaging more than 160 vehicles. As a result, they now face 82 counts of criminal damage each -- some of which are misdemeanors, but others are felonies. The large number of criminal counts means that their bonds were in excess of $200,000.

The duo is not yet out of the woods; officials say more charges are expected. People facing multiple criminal charges often rely on the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent them and act in their best interests as a criminal case proceeds.

Source: The Times-Picayune, "Marrero men accused of vandalizing 166 cars with BB air gun face more charges," Paul Purpura, Dec. 30, 2013

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