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Nashua police charge two with BB gun spree that damaged dozens of vehicles

NASHUA – Nashua police arrested two teenagers and charged them with shooting out the windows of dozens of cars and causing thousands of dollars in damages.

Elijah Williams, 18, of 4 Holman St., and Brandon Houle, 18, of 188 Concord St., Apt. 3, Nashua, were arrested Wednesday and charged with felony-level criminal mischief. Police said a tip relayed to detectives from a school resource officer led them to Williams and Houle. ...

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NASHUA – Nashua police arrested two teenagers and charged them with shooting out the windows of dozens of cars and causing thousands of dollars in damages.

Elijah Williams, 18, of 4 Holman St., and Brandon Houle, 18, of 188 Concord St., Apt. 3, Nashua, were arrested Wednesday and charged with felony-level criminal mischief. Police said a tip relayed to detectives from a school resource officer led them to Williams and Houle.

Police in Nashua have received 47 reports from the owners of vehicles parked in the city after they were damaged with a BB or pellet gun beginning June 7. Police won’t know how much damage was caused until all of the car owners have their vehicles inspected, police said.

A school resource officer told detectives that the suspects may have been in a green Honda Civic, which a patrol officer spotted around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. Detectives investigated following the stop and issued arrest warrants on Wednesday. Both men were taken into custody without incident, police said.

Police in Hudson and Nashua began investigating as many as 65 incidents after cars were damaged during the overnight hours Friday into Saturday. The trail of damaged cars stretched from the Massachusetts border to the Merrimack town line and as far east as Hudson. Some of the damage was concentrated along the path of the Daniel Webster Highway, police said.

Hudson police Sgt. Joe Hoebeke said Sunday that Hudson police received about six complaints about vehicles being damaged. On Wednesday he said police had some surveillance footage of a car that may have been involved but had to have it clarified to get a description of the car.

Nashua police Lt. Denis Linehan said city police also had surveillance footage from one of the neighborhoods were cars were damaged and got information from an SRO about who may have been driving the car detectives were looking for. He said police have some information that Williams and Houle also damaged some vehicles in Hudson.

“It does appear they’re responsible for some over there,” he said.

Williams and Houle were released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail and will be arraigned at Nashua district court. They are each charged with criminal mischief-consolidated, a class B felony punishable by up to seven years in prison, plus fines, police said.

Joseph G. Cote can be reached at 594-6415 or jcote@nashua
telegraph.com. Also, follow Cote on Twitter (@Telegraph_JoeC).