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Washington Fish and Wildlife Officers Caught Three Sign Shooters Red-Handed

Three people blasting signs with shotguns in Chelan County had their firearms seized.

Everyone has seen metal signs shot to pieces by vandals before. But seldom do you see or hear about the people responsible for these crimes brought to justice for it.

However, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police recently caught three people red-handed in Chelan County's Stemilt Basin.

It happened while two WDFW officers were out patrolling closed roads near Lily Lake, according to a Facebook post by the department. One of the photos with the post says it was a brand new sign destroyed by the shooters.

The three unnamed suspects were shooting clay pigeons before it escalated to blasting signs put up by an irrigation district.

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Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

"After several shotgun blasts into the signs, one individual threw his beer can into the bushes as the driver of the vehicle announced the idea to drive down the road and have the passenger lean out the window shooting signs with his shotgun," the Facebook post reads.

The officers were able to stealthily follow the sign shooters as the passenger took two shots at green-dot signs on the road. After stopping the vehicle, the officers detained the suspects and ended up seizing three of their guns as evidence.

sign shooters
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Charges include shooting from a motor vehicle, having a loaded rifle in a vehicle, malicious mischief and littering.

The post says the suspects will likely have to pay restitution fees to replace the signs they damaged.

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Washington Fish and Wildlife Officers Caught Three Sign Shooters Red-Handed