Man goes on months-long shooting spree with air gun, police say

Recently he fired on a moving car, police say.

A 46-year-old Allamuchy Township man is charged with a months-long air gun shooting spree, Hackettstown police report.

Air guns fire pellets or BBs or both.

Todd Bechtold was arrested Thursday and charged with five counts of unlawful possession of an air gun, five counts of unlawful possession of a weapon, five counts of possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, five counts of criminal mischief and one count of aggravated assault, police said.

Bechtold is charged with:

  • Damaging the front window April 16 at Marley’s Grill at 169 Main St. Price tag: $1,151.74
  • Damaging the front door glass May 17 at A&S Cleaners at 297 Main St. Price tag: $346.53
  • Damaging the front window July 11 at Creative Twist Hair Salon at 227 Main St. Price tag: $628.02
  • Damaging the front window Oct. 12 at The Looks Barber Shop at 199 Main St. Price tag: $996.95
  • Shooting out a car window Oct. 30 as the vehicle headed south on Route 517. No injuries were reported. Police didn’t note a price tag.

“The investigation into these incidents and others is still ongoing,” police said.

Bechtold was housed at Warren County jail, police said.

Anyone with information of these incidents or similar incidents or about the suspect or the truck he allegedly used during the incidents is asked to call the police detective bureau at 908-852-3302.

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