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The St. Cloud Police Department received multiple calls about several cars being vandalized Sunday morning.

Officers responded to two different locations around 8 a.m. Sunday morning to find the cars sustained body damage and smashed windows, according to a St. Cloud Police Department press release.

The first call came in at 7:59 a.m., and took officers to the 1900 block of Quarry road, the St. Cloud Police Department reported. Three vehicles parked on the road showed damage, the report said. Officers found the owners of the cars, and formal reports were made.

Not long after, another call came in at 8:13 a.m. about vandalized cars at an apartment complex parking lot at the 2900 block of Quarry road, the report said. Seven cars had been damaged, and the report said that officers were able to find the owners. Formal reports were made, documenting the vandalism.

No suspects were known during the first investigation, the report said, but the police department received footage taken from surveillance cameras on the 2900 block building.

The video shows a dark-colored car with its headlights off, driving slowly through the parking lot before exiting, the report said. Then, two suspects came into view from where the car was last seen. One of the suspects was carrying what might’ve been a “sledgehammer,” according to the press release.

The video shows the two suspects damaging the cars in a random fashion, the report said.

[Update]

The primary vandalism suspect was arrested Thursday, according to the St. Cloud Police Department.

According to a press release, a St. Cloud police sergeant recognized the suspect from a different situation. Officers went to the suspect’s address to talk about the incident, police said.

Noah James Farrell, 21, admitted to the vandalisms, the release said. Farrell told police that he wasn’t targeting anybody, according to police, and that he was intoxicated and on his way home.

Police arrested Farrell and took him to the Stearns County Jail, charging him with felony criminal damage to property, the release said.

Police say the investigation remains open while they search for the other suspect and the dark-colored car.

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