Bat-wielding vandals bash Henrico cars

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – It wasn't the welcome home gift that Deidra Lewis wanted.

Lewis had just returned home from a year-long teaching stint in Vietnam when her parents told her what happened to several neighborhood cars.

"It was pretty much all blown out," Lewis said Monday morning, showing us the back windshield of her car, which, like many others, had been smashed to pieces.

Witness say they heard noises at approximately 4 a.m. Sunday, and that there probably were two people involved: One to drive, and the other to swing a bat at just about any windshield in sight.

Henrico Police would later take 20 reports of vehicle vandalism on 12 streets in the Farmington and Wedgewood Park areas of the west end.

Neighbors like Jim Peace had little choice but to perform makeshift repairs involving duct tape and plastic.

"The aggravating thing is it's just meanness. They're not stealing something, they don't need to buy something. Just meanness," Peace said.

People we spoke to estimated repair costs at $250 to $400 per vehicle.

"You know, everybody does stupid stuff when they're young, but this is expensive stupid stuff," Peace said.

Just as alarming, is that vandalism reports tend to spike in the summer months.

"I feel like there are better ways to spend your time than doing that. But people make mistakes and, hopefully, they learn that this isn't a beneficial use of your time," Lewis said.

No arrests have been made in connection with the crimes, and police have no suspects. If you have information that can help, contact Henrico Police at 501-5000.

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