Vandals damage homes, cars, and businesses in Hopewell

By Nicole Bell - bio | email
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HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) – Police need your help pinpointing those responsible for a rash of vandalisms in Hopewell. The criminals used spray paint to damage homes, cars, and businesses.

The graffiti is laced with vulgar language including curse words, derogatory sexual statements, and the words "savage life."

The vandals left their mark on Betty Eastep's garage. She made the discovery Monday morning.

"My reaction was outrage and I said some very unkind things," said Eastep.

Eastep has a message for the vandals.

"They need to get their act together. Straighten up and leave people's property alone," said Eastep.

Six of Eastep's neighbors suffered the same fate. Several cars were spray painted. Another garage tagged with the words, "savage life." Police believe all of the crimes are related.

They happened overnight on Sunday and Monday. The majority of the vandalisms took place on North 14th Avenue. The others, less than a half mile away.

Inside E.H. Saunders & Sons Electrical Store the owner is frustrated. This is the third time in two years his building has been tagged.

"People don't care about other people's property. They have no respect for it or little respect," said Larry Saunders."

Saunders says the crime will cost him time and money.

"I have to repair it, and then wait for the next time," said Saunders.

Victim's say they wonder if the graffiti is gang related. Police say that's unclear. As for Eastep, she has motion lights and her neighbor has a dog. Eastep plans on paying closer attention to both when they go off to help ensure her property isn't vandalized again.

If you have information on any of these crimes you're asked to contact Hopewell Police.

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