Reporting Michele Gile
CAMP PENDLETON (CBS/AP) — Authorities say two 20-year-old Marines from Camp Pendleton have been arrested for shooting at the windows of more than two dozen stores and vehicles, including a car with a woman inside.
Orange County Sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino said Tuesday that Joseph Nahale, of Fremont, and Jesse Ivie, of Gresham, Ore., have been booked on suspicion of felony vandalism and shooting into an occupied vehicle after they were pulled over and found with high-powered pellet guns.
They have been released on their own recognizance.
Authorities received reports of 17 vehicles and eight storefronts with shattered windows late Saturday and early Sunday. The damage stretched from San Clemente up to Newport Beach.
Several businesses had their shot-out windows boarded up Tuesday.
“At first, I thought it was a robbery, so I was kind of panicked…but then I found out what it was, and it was totally irresponsible. It didn’t make any sense,” Laguna Beach business owner Terri Meisberger said.
A 25-year-old woman was resting in her car at about midnight Saturday at a Dana Point grocery store when two windows were shot out. She was not hurt.
The woman’s husband, AJ Acosta, said he’s shocked to learn the suspects are active-duty Marines.
“She said she had a bit of a panic. I mean, she had glass fall down on top of her face. She said she just went to cover the dog and make sure he was OK,” said Acosta, who’s a retired member of the military.
Police said Nahale and Ivie went to buy high-powered pellet guns from Walmart the night of their destructive crime spree. The suspects were reportedly not under the influence.
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