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Albany man charged in broken windows cases
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Albany man charged in broken windows cases

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John Wayne Mowdy, 38, of Albany is facing numerous charges in connection with multiple incidents of vehicle, business and residential windows being damaged with BBs, pellets or ball bearings, starting in November.

Albany police arrested Mowdy on Friday and lodged him at the Linn County Jail.

Among the charges are fourth-degree assault, felon in possession of a firearm, first-degree criminal mischief, second-degree criminal mischief, unlawful use of a weapon and reckless endangering.

According to Albany Police Department spokesman Lt. Travis Giboney, several of the vehicles damaged were being driven when the incidents occurred and one of the cases resulted in minor injuries to a driver.

Giboney said law enforcement agents used “various surveillance videos” from the locations where damage occurred to piece the case together.

Mowdy was arrested during a traffic stop.

Giboney said many of the charges are felonies due to the amount of damage incurred, especially office windows.

Officers and detectives from the Albany Police Department and Linn County Sheriff’s Office also served search warrants on Mowdy’s south Albany apartment and two of his vehicles.

During the searches, evidence related to the criminal mischief cases, including BB guns, pellet guns, a slingshot and projectiles for all of those weapons were seized, according to police.

Additionally, two firearms, narcotics and stolen property, including a large number of DeWalt tools, were also recovered, police said.

During the search of Mowdy’s apartment, the Oregon State Police Arson Unit was notified of a potential improvised explosive device and responded to the scene to ensure it was safe to continue with the investigation.

Additional investigation and more charges are expected, according to Giboney.

Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is asked to call the Albany Police Department at 541-917-7686.

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