Police cited a 15-year-old boy with criminal mischief after he inadvertently shattered a city street sweeper with a BB gun Wednesday.
According to police, at about 9 a.m. a city employee operating a street sweeper at the intersection of Seventh Avenue and East Main Street, near Woodbury Elementary School, reported he heard what sounded like a gun shot.
Following the sound of a second gun shot sound, the window of the street sweeper was shattered. The city worker was not injured.
Police investigated the incident and determined the damage was caused by a BB gun. No suspects were located in the area and no other damage was reported.
At about 6:30 p.m., the teenage boy, accompanied by his parents, came to the Marshalltown Police Department and admitted to causing the damage to the street sweeper. He told police he was shooting his high powered Air Soft rifle in his backyard when a ricochet hit the street sweeper.
After seeing the damage, he hid from the investigating officers because he was scared, police said.
Based on the damages he was cited with fourth-degree criminal mischief, a serious misdemeanor, which will be handled in juvenile court.
If found responsible by the court, he will have to make restitution to the city.
Capt. Brian Batterson, of the Marshalltown Police Department, said there is a city ordinance that restricts BB gun use within the city limits of Marshalltown.
"You can't shoot BB guns in the city limits and this here is a prime example of what could happen," Batterson said. "Someone who may not be intending to do something could cause property damage or something else because of shooting it in a residential neighborhood."