Rash of car vandalism cases in Hopewell

By Nicole Bell - bio | email
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HOPEWELL, VA (WWBT) – A cluster of car vandalisms in Hopewell. Nearly a dozen vehicles have been hit within the past few days. Now, police are asking residents to be on the look-out for suspicious activity.

That cluster of vandalisms happened mainly in the early evening or at night. One victim says the incident cost her time and money.

"The entire window was shattered and there was a little dot here - like a BB dot - the whole window was just shattered," said Altheia Starke.

The window on Starke's suburban is like new again but her peace of mind is broken.

"It scared me. I couldn't believe it because nothing like that had ever happened to me here," said Starke.

Starke's vehicle is one of eight that have been vandalized in Hopewell within a five day period; a cluster police call abnormal. The incidents took place throughout the city and at different times of the day. During the crimes tires were slashed, windows busted, and in one crime someone poured an oily fluid on the roof and hood of a car.

Police say, at this point the crimes appear to be random. As a result residents are being asked to be on alert. It's advice Randy Clevenger abides by - he's Starke's neighbor.

"As neighbors we all need to look out for each other," said Clevenger.

Police also advise residents to park their vehicles in a driveway if possible - and that's not all.

"Having people keep their porch lights on and have cars parked in well lit areas," said Sgt Michael Walls.

Starke is working with police to find out who damaged her vehicle.

"I hope they get to the bottom of it," said Starke.

She'd like the vandal to reimburse her for the repair cost.

"It was a little expensive and time consuming trying to run a daycare and fix it at the same time," said Starke.

If you have any information on these crimes, you're asked to call Hopewell police.

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