From the Daily News. More evidence of our advanced culture in Los Angeles:

A vandal or vandals used either a BB gun or slingshot to break numerous windows in businesses and autos Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009, in Reseda. (Michael Owen Baker/Staff Photographer) (Michael Owen Baker)

Vandals shoot out windows in Reseda,  Van Nuys

Updated: 12/25/2009 12:43:52 AM PST

Vandals with a Grinch-like spirit shattered several commercial and car windows on a 4.5-mile spree through Reseda and Van Nuys, officials said Thursday.

Armed with pellet guns or sling shots, the vandals took aim at the windows between 9:30-10 p.m. Wednesday along Sherman Way, and Sepulveda and Ventura boulevards, authorities said.

No one was injured, but the vandalism rattled nerves and left several wondering just who could be so cruel around the holidays.

“It’s bad — especially these days with the economy so bad,” said Kim Yoon, owner of Variety Printing and Graphics Inc.

“Business is slow, and now we have to spend money on this.”

The alarm company that provides security to the Sherman Way printing business alerted Yoon about the vandalism at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday.

Vandals had shot up a 68-by-88-inch window — one of three large window panels — at the shop in the 17600 block of Sherman Way.

With the massive broken window removed, a shivering Yoon and other employees were forced to wear winter coats at work Thursday until it could be covered with plywood.

Less than one block away, a large window outside Marinello School of Beauty in the 18400 block of Sherman Way was also damaged.

On Thursday, plywood served as a temporary replacement next to images of manicures, haircuts and makeup.

Vandals fired at three car windows and at Peet’s Coffee and Tea on Ventura Boulevard in Reseda.

Employees were toasting bagels inside Western Bagel in the 7800 block of Sepulveda Boulevard when the window vandals struck around 10 p.m.A pellet marred the 60-by-40-inch window, which remained intact. The pellet missed a late-night customer by only a few inches and frightened employees, said manager Adilza Ramos.

The 24-hour eatery will replace the window.

Ramos said the vandalism was disappointing.

“They are probably depressed,” said Ramos, speculating about the vandals’ intent. “They wanted to do something to show that they were here.”


Staff Writer Jerry Berrios contributed to this report.

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