Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Public safety

Police: Men used marbles to shoot out windows of Clearwater businesses, cars

CLEARWATER — Two Alabama men were booked into the Pinellas County jail Sunday night on allegations that they used a slingshot and marbles to shoot out the windows of 21 businesses and seven cars.

Dominick V. Zambrano, 24, of Irvington, Ala., and Seth Cazalas, 22, of Mobile, Ala., are each charged with shooting a deadly missile at an occupied vehicle and multiple counts of criminal mischief.

Clearwater police said the marble rampage began Saturday night.

Witnesses reported seeing two men in a white, two-door 1994 Dodge Stealth. Officers found the vehicle parked on Cleveland Street near Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue just before 10 p.m. Sunday — around the same time a marble-shooting incident was reported in the area.

Police conducted a traffic stop and found the men — who authorities said admitted their involvement — with slingshots and marbles matching the marbles recovered at various crime scenes, according to police.

In addition to vehicles, police say the suspects targeted businesses including restaurants, vacant storefronts, professional offices, two churches, a hotel and a spa.

Most of the incidents happened in downtown Clearwater or on Clearwater Beach.

No one was hurt in the shootings, authorities said.

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