A number of vehicles were vandalized in the Broadmoor area late Thursday night or early Friday morning, according to police.
Officer Richard Wegner said multiple officers were sent to the area to take reports of vehicles that had been spray-painted, primarily on Bailey Drive.
Wegner said the exact number of vehicles that were damaged had not been determined by mid-afternoon Friday because all of the reports had not been completed.
“We’re still in the very early stages,” he said.
The damage was still visible Friday afternoon. A sign at Belmont Park was spray-painted, as were a road sign on Belmoor Avenue and a house on Bailey Drive. On Collins Drive, three vehicles in a row on the west side of the street were spray-painted and had flat tires.
Along Bailey Drive Friday afternoon, reactions differed. One woman did not want to talk or have photos taken because she afraid the vandalism was related to gang activity. Other speculated it was teenagers who had been involved, and wondered aloud what had gotten into young people that they would do something like that.
As James Hackney finished washing the spray paint off one of his trucks, he said it had been surprising to wake up to find “Free Poppie” spray-painted on one truck and a tire punctured on another, but it didn’t inspire fear. A neighbor stopped to chat, coming back from having her punctured tire replaced. Meanwhile, another spray-painted vehicle was being loaded onto a tow truck.
“I’ve lived here 40-something years,” Hackney said. “I’ve never experienced something like this.”
Anyone with information about the person or persons involved is asked to call the Detective Division at 730-2090 or the dispatch center at 541-5300.
All calls will be kept confidential.