Posted: Apr 4, 2013 1:34 PM by Erin Schattauer
Updated: Apr 4, 2013 2:20 PM
BOZEMAN - Three men have been arrested for a vandalism spree that left more than 100 car and building windows shot in the Belgrade area earlier this week.
Jacob Toledo, 21; Jonathan Lopez, 20; and Alexander Cantu, 19, are each charged with felony criminal mischief in the case. All were seen by Judge Rick West in Gallatin County Justice Court this morning. West set their bail at $5,000 each.
Between Monday evening and early Tuesday morning, an estimated 119 vehicles were shot in the River Rock, Frontage Road West and Belgrade areas. The estimated total cost for repairs totals more than $20,000 at this point, according to court documents.
Surveillance footage at Crop Production Services in Belgrade, one of the businesses that sustained property damage, showed a Subaru Impreza wagon drive past where the vehicles that were damaged were parked. This was the only activity noticed in the area of the damaged vehicles, court papers state.
A man contacted police and said he believed that Toledo, Cantu and Lopez were the ones who had damaged the vehicle. The man told police that he was with the men when they purchased a large package of CO2 propellant cartridges and a 1,500-count package of BBs. He said he has also heard the three men talking about going out to shoot "stuff" and that Cantu later admitted to him that they did, court documents state.
Police interviewed the men who reportedly admitted to driving around that night, shooting vehicle and business windows.
Police searched Toledo's red Subaru and reportedly found several loose copper BBs lying on the floor boards, in the seats and in the built-in storage areas of the vehicle. Police also reportedly found the BB pistol and several expended CO2 cartridges in a cardboard box in the garage.
Their preliminary hearings are set for April 26.