ADA — Local police officials respond to multiple area burglaries and vandalisms occurring over the past week, saying the destructive activity is a departmental priority.

Wednesday, the Salvation Army, in the 100 block of N. Oak, reported vandalism and damage to the glass store front and one vehicle parked on the premises. According to police reports, a large chunk of cement had been thrown through the glass but nothing appeared to be missing. The vandalism is thought to have occurred sometime during the night.

Additionally, reports of nine vehicle burglaries were also given to police Wednesday.

Among those, three pickup trucks were burglarized in the 700 block of W. 10th. The owners verified the vehicles had been locked and believed the burglars gained entry by using a "slim-jim" tool. Miscellaneous items were reported missing from these vehicles.

Three other vehicle owners reported window damage to their cars in the 100 block of E. Arlington. The vehicles' all received broken windows but it did not appear anything was missing, reports said.

In the 500 block of S. College, two more vehicles were reported vandalized Wednesday. Reportedly, a concrete block had been thrown through the window of one of the cars and the other, a convertible, received a cut to the car's soft top and a tire.

One victim on the ECU campus spotted two subjects burglarizing her vehicle. ECU police reports indicate the victim observed two white, thin males, approximately five feet five inches in height, wearing hoodies, cut the soft top on her convertible and rummage through the car. The victim reported about $40 missing.

Earlier this week on Monday, the Campus Corner Minit Mart, in the 400 block of S. Mississippi, was victim to a burglary similar to the Salvation Army. According to reports, it was apparent a large piece of concrete had been thrown through the store's north glass door. The store's owner reported two 30-packs of beer possibly missing.

Christmas Eve was not exempt to the destructive actions of the vandals. Reports said police discovered damage and glass breakage, possibly caused by BBs, to at least 25 local businesses. At approximately 4:30 a.m. that morning, police were alerted to an alarm in the 200 block of E. Main at Rent-A-Center. Central Dispatch notified responding officers the alarm was due to glass breakage. Upon arrival officers observed two holes through the store's window, consistent with those caused by a BB or pellet gun, reports said. Reports also indicate it appeared the damage to the local businesses was caused by someone shooting from a vehicle passing by the locations.

In all, 25 businesses located along E. Main, E. Arlington, N. Country Club, and Lonnie Abbott Blvd. were damaged during that crime stint.

"There is not really any pattern to it and generally its a fairly small group on individuals responsible for it all," said Ada Assistant Chief of Police Major Carl Allen.

In response to the illegal activity, Allen said, "This is a priority for us. In addition to the work of detectives, we are tasking patrol to concentrate on finding the culprits responsible for the vandalisms and burglaries of our citizen's automobiles and business."

Allen said no suspects have been named at this time.