February 23, 1967: Shooting Spree Results in Damages and Arrests of Culprits


By Margaret Leidy Harner from her book One Day at a Time: A Social History of Boyertown, PA.

February 23, 1967: It was like a Wild West shooting spree from Hereford and Bally into Little Oley and on to Gilbertsville and Hickory Park, when three men from Elverson decided to bring a little excitement to our peaceful suburbs.

Their favorite targets were car dealerships, among them Spence ford and Quigley Chevrolet, who had their show windows riddled by bullets. Several new cars and neon signs were also mutilated.

They shot out about 30 street lights. Boyertown police stopped the culprits near Town Plaza and discovered empty cartridges and two concealed .22 automatic rifles. They were arrested and posted $1500 bail. Police Chief Henry Gross estimates damage between $5000 and $10,000.

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