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Two arrested in eight-town pellet gun shooting spree
RUMFORD -- During the wee hours of the morning after the Nov. 6 ballot vote, there were at least 45 different incidents of windows shot out of vehicles, as well as businesses and residences in eight towns from West Paris to Peru.
In a press release, Rumford Police Sgt. James Bernard said KC L. Moro, 24, and Casey M. Child, 19, were arrested Thursday at the Rumford Police Department on felony charges of aggravated criminal mischief.
Moro and Child were transported to the Oxford County Jail in Paris after failing to post the $3,000 cash bail. They are scheduled to appear in Oxford County Superior Court in Paris on Dec. 14.
Bernard said the total damage exceeded $10,000.
Rumford Police Sgt. Tracey Higley said complaints came from the towns of West Paris, Woodstock, Greenwood, Hanover, Rumford Mexico, Dixfield and Peru. He said a co2 BB gun was used to inflict the damage, which included windows shot out at Sherwin-Williams in Rumford, Blaisdell's, Mrs. B's and the former Peru Elementary School, and a residence in Dixfield.
In Mexico, Police Sgt. Roy Hodsdon said that department received 13 complaints connected with the shootings.
Bernard said as Rumford, Mexico and Dixfield officers and Oxford County Sheriff's Office deputies interviewed victims and watched video surveillance from businesses, they were able to identify Moro and Child. He said the case will remain a multi-jurisdictional investigation and other charges against Moro and Child are anticipated.
Higley said he believes these will be the only people charged in this case. He noted this was a great multi-jurisdictional effort by the Oxford County Sheriff's Office, the State Police, and the police departments in Rumford, Mexico and Dixfield as all played a role in this investigation.
Moro is currently on probation for property crimes. Probation and Parole has authorized a probation hold and are seeking a probation revocation.