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Man shot projectiles at windows in Hackettstown, causing more than $3K in damage

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) –  Police have arrested an Allamuchy Township man who allegedly used a weapon to shoot projectiles at windows of businesses and a car in Hackettstown.

Todd Bechtold, 46, was charged on Thursday with 5 counts of unlawful possession of an air gun, 5 counts of unlawful possession of a weapon, 5 counts of possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, 5 counts of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, 5 counts of criminal mischief and one count of aggravated assault.

Police have charged Bechtold in five incidents that left $3,123.24 in damage.

On April, 16, police responded to Marley’s Gotham Grill, located at 169 Main St, for a report of the front window being damaged. The total damage was $1151.74, police said.

Then on May 17, police responded to A & S Cleaners, located at 297 Main St, for a report of the front glass door being damaged. The total damage was $346.53, police said.

Then on July 11, police responded to Creative Twist Hair Salon, located at 227 Main St, for a report of the front window being damaged. The total damage was $628.02, police said.

Then on Oct. 12, police responded to The Looks Barber Shop, located at 199 Main St, for a report of the front window being damaged. The total damage was $996.95. On Oct. 30 police responded to Route 517 in the area of Mars Wrigley Confectionery for a report of a car window being shot out. The vehicle was travelling southbound on Route 517 when the window was damaged and no injuries were reported, police said.

Bechtold was lodged in the Warren County Correctional Facility.

The investigation into these incidents and others are still ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents, similar incidents, the suspect or the suspect’s vehicle that’s pictured, you’re asked to contact the Hackettstown Detective Bureau at 908-852-3302.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook

(Photo: Courtesy Hackettstown Police Department)