CLOSING IN: A photograph of the car allegedly involved in the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie marble slinging. Picture: NSW PoliceTHREE men in their 30s are believed to be responsible for a spate of vandalism using marbles and slingshots in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.
Police revealed on Tuesday theyarrested the men –from Newcastle, Belmont and Windale –after pulling over a Holden Commodore on Scott Street in Newcastle East on Friday night.
Police allegedly found a slingshot and marbles in the car.
It is alleged the car – which police say had a child in it at the time – was seen in the Honeysuckle area, where a restaurant had a window smashed.
Earlier, a woman was hit in the arm with a flying marble after a Charlestown business was targeted.
The marble mischief continued over a fortnight, with businesses in the Islington, Hamilton and Wallsend areas targeted.
Residents say cars parked on Scenic Drive in Merewether were also targeted.
SMASHED: A photograph of vandalism posted to a Merewether community page. Picture: Facebook
Newcastle City Chief Inspector Dean Olsen said police were appalled with the “childish” vandalism.
“Over the two-week period I can certainly say that dozens and dozens of premises have been targeted in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie,” he said.
Police will carry out forensic analysis of the marbles retrieved from the shopfronts and cars before laying charges.
That is expected to take at least two weeks.
The car, which is registered to a Villawood address, has been seized.
Police had closed in on the car after they were able to obtain CCTV footage from one of the targeted businesses.
The description of the car was crucial in Friday’s arrests.
Police investigations continue.