Delaware man charged with shooting at abandoned vehicles

    A Wilmington man faces charges he shot a total of 22 unoccupied, abandoned vehicles along northern Delaware interstates earlier this summer.

    57-year-old David Saddler is charged with criminal mischief, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, and traffic offenses after being arrested over the weekend, according to Delaware State Police.  A trooper pulled over a slow-moving vehicle along the shoulder of I-495 north of Wilmington and noticed that the driver matched the description in a surveillence photo obtained during a July 30th incident. 

    A loaded shotgun and a loaded rifle were found covered by a blanket under the front seat of the vehicle.  A search of Saddler’s residence turned up several handguns, another shotgun, and some ammunition. 

    Police began their investigation in June after receiving complaints that several vehicles, which were abandoned along I-495 or I-95, had been damaged by gunshots, primarily during overnight hours.  No one was injured in any of the incidents. 

    Saddler is being held at the Young Prison in Wilmington on $22,500 cash bond. 

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