Vandals using their marbles
A SPATE of slingshot attacks on windows across town has angered Hervey Bay residents.
Cars, homes and businesses from Eli Waters to Urangan have come under fire and police believe a slingshot loaded with marbles is the culprit.
Police were swamped with complaints of wilful damage early yesterday but said there had been numerous attacks since the weekend.
Vehicles on the Esplanade at Torquay and Scarness and Ibis Blvd, Eli Waters, had windows broken, so too a Pialba motel and businesses on Main St and Torquay Rd.
A resident of Kookaburra Dr, Eli Waters, said they were watching TV when their front lounge room window was shattered about 11pm on Tuesday night.
There was also a bedroom window broken at Hibiscus St in Urangan.
In each case, the holes were described as round and about the size of a dollar coin.
Some people had also reported finding marbles.
Karen Lodge, lessee of the Beachside Motor Inn at Pialba, was woken by a loud bang about 12.30am yesterday and found her glass balcony door had been shattered.
"I heard the bang but I thought it was a dream," she said.
"The dog was growling and I got up to have a look.
"It was a yellow marble.
"I was quite happy to find the marble, actually, because it meant someone wasn't breaking in or firing shots.
"That would scare me."
Richard Kollbaum, owner of Torq Computer Supplies, had to replace two large panes of glass at his Torquay Rd business on Monday. "I arrived at work on Monday morning to find three holes in two pieces of glass," he said.
"It is covered by insurance but you have to pay an excess.
"Hopefully they catch them and we can all get our money back."
Sergeant Paul Jervis of Hervey Bay police asked the public to be on the lookout for suspicious behaviour or vehicles.
"We don't know what they are using, whether it's a slingshot or not but there appears to be some force behind it," he said.
"We are calling for anyone with information to contact police or Crime Stoppers."