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November 08, 2018

Cops: New Jersey man allegedly caused thousands of dollars in damage with air gun

The man hit glass windows and front doors of local businesses in the Hackettstown area

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A 46-year-old New Jersey man is in custody after allegedly causing thousands of dollars in damage across Hackettstown with an air gun between April and October.

Todd Bechtold, of Allamuchy Township, was arrested Thursday by Hackettstown Police Department in connection with a series of incidents involving windows being shot at by projectiles. Air guns typically fire projectiles, like pellets or BBs.

Police posted a picture of a truck behind crime scene tape to its Facebook page along with information on Bechtold's arrest. Whether the truck is the one Bechtold used during the alleged incidents is unclear.

Police allege the most recent air gun incident involving Bechtold occurred on Oct. 30, when a car’s window was shot out on Route 517. He also allegedly hit the front window of a restaurant; the front door of a cleaners; the front window of a salon; and the front window of a barber shop.

Bechtold is charged with aggravated assault and five counts of criminal mischief and multiple weapons offenses.

The total damage of Bechtold’s alleged spree reached $3,123.24, according to police.

"The investigation into these incidents and others are still ongoing," police said in the Facebook post

Bechtold is being held at the Warren County Correctional Facility.

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