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Fire Station Windows Shot

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Three windows were shot overnight Monday at the Des Moines Fire Station on Dean Ave.

"The fire chief came in that morning, he noted that some of the glass panels on the front of the building had been shot," said Sgt. Jason Halifax of the Des Moines P.D.

Each panel will have to be replaced, which could really start to add up.

"I'm sure you're probably into a thousand dollars pretty easily," Halifax said.

It may seem like a reasonably small incident, but firefighters say this type of stuff has been going on since they opened the facility last fall.

"We've had quite a bit of vandalism since we've been in the building," said Capt. Steve Brown of the Des Moines Fire Department. "From perimeter lights being busted out to rocks being thrown into the field and the perimeter of the building."

The department uses the building as headquarters and as a training facility.

It's not manned 24/7, which could be part of why they're seeing the vandalism.

"You come in here, you have a brand new building, trying to make the community better and people are breaking things. It's frustrating," Brown said.

Police said they don't see any reason why the station would be targeted.

"They're in a position where they genuinely always provide assistance to the public, so that type of behavior seems a bit bizarre," Halifax said.

There are no suspects in the window shooting right now. Neighbors said they have noticed more vandalism in the neighborhood over the last couple of months.

Anyone with information should call Des Moines Police or the Polk County Crime Stoppers.

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