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Reward offered after multiple windows shot out in Jackson Co.

Several windows were shot out at the First Baptist Church in Ava. (Source: Jessica Stoklosa/cNews) Several windows were shot out at the First Baptist Church in Ava. (Source: Jessica Stoklosa/cNews)
(Source: Jessica Stoklosa/cNews) (Source: Jessica Stoklosa/cNews)
The church van on the First Baptist Church property was shot at. (Source: Jessica Stoklosa/cNews) The church van on the First Baptist Church property was shot at. (Source: Jessica Stoklosa/cNews)
A car belonging to the pastor at First Baptist Church was also damaged. (Source: Jessica Stoklosa/cNews) A car belonging to the pastor at First Baptist Church was also damaged. (Source: Jessica Stoklosa/cNews)
JACKSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) -

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office received multiple reports of criminal damage to property happening in the area around Ava, Ill. and Campbell Hill, Ill. on Saturday, Dec. 5.

Around 30 vehicles, homes and businesses have had windows shot out with a BB type gun.

As of Monday morning, police were still receiving these reports.

According to Alderman Dustin Benscoter, the Ava City Council issued a $1,000 reward to any individual who can give information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved.

According to the First Baptist Church of Ava, there were multiple windows on the church property that appear to have been shot with a BB gun including the church van and the pastor's car.

"We're just waiting for the insurance company to come out, you know, claims person to come out and look at this," the pastor said. "That's gotta be serious damage there."

Another car was also shot at.

The owner said she hopes this is a wake-up call for those that did this.

"I think it's sad," Debbie Newton said. "It's disturbing. But at the same sense, hoping these kids will get something that will open their eyes to what they've done and go a different direction."

Newton said their car is a total loss now that the back window is smashed. The manufacturer doesn't make the type she needs anymore.

With Christmas coming up, this was an unexpected expense for many people, and not in the spirit of the holiday.

"With it being the Christmas season and all, I'm just hoping that for them, for a better future for them," Newton said.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office and the Ava Police Department are currently conducting a joint investigation into these reports. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Jackson County Sheriff's Office at 618-684-2177.

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