HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – Henrico police are stepping up patrols after vandals hit a neighborhood, causing thousands of dollars in damages. It happened in the Wyndham community just off just off Pouncey Tract Road, this past week.
The vandals typically hit between 9 and midnight during the week. Henrico police have teamed up with the neighborhood association to prevent crime from hitting this area again.
The quiet Wyndham community is on alert after an increase in vandalism in the area. Several street signs were destroyed and firecrackers were set off inside of mailboxes at many of the neighborhood homes.
"It's a non event in Wyndham," said neighborhood spokesperson, Dennis Burman. "It's a pretty large close knit community. 1,600 homes, award winning, 42 neighborhoods but it kind of stuck in our craw that we had these issues but we're going to figure it out."
While criminal activity has been reported every month since the beginning of the year in this area, the recent vandalism to signs in the neighborhood have been costly, totaling nearly $4,000 in damages. The increase in vandalism happened within the past week. Friday, however, most of it had been cleaned up and there was no sign that the neighborhood had even been hit. Henrico police are still not taking this crime lightly.
"We've got patrols going throughout the neighborhood tonight and hopefully we can catch them in the action," said Burman.