Basalt: Man charged in window-shooting spree
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BASALT, Colorado ” An 18-year-old Basalt man was arrested for criminal mischief Thursday after allegedly confessing to shooting multiple windows throughout the town with a BB gun last month, according to the Basalt Police Department.
Matthew Gering is suspected of about 12 incidents of criminal mischief that were reported to Basalt police between April 11 and 14.
He is facing one charge, with an estimate of cumulative damage at $10,000, according to a statement from the police department. The criminal mischief charge against him is a class 4 felony because of the dollar amount involved.
Gering allegedly shot windows in vehicles parked in various neighborhoods and windows of a handful of businesses.
In most cases, his victims were random. In one case, he shot the window of a Subaru because he didn’t like that particular model, according to an arrest warrant that was pursued by Sgt. Stewart Curry of Basalt.
In another case, Gering allegedly shot the windows in the vehicle of a friend’s uncle because his friend supposedly didn’t like the man, the arrest warrant affidavit said.
Other damaged vehicles included a school bus and a Lexus.
Curry said Gering said he would like to pay for the damage he caused.
Gering isn’t currently employed, however. Curry said that Gering acknowledged being in a “rough patch in his life” and that he was “taking it out on the world” by shooting the windows.
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