Vandals paint cars in Woodland Heights area

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Some people living in the Woodland Heights area are trying to figure out why and who vandalized several cars Wednesday morning.

Neighbors who live here at Perry and West 28th streets describe this area as a close-knit neighborhood that normally doesn't get a lot of trouble.

Neighbors say a man delivering newspapers spotted the crime first.

"I woke up at 5 o'clock," says Erin McRoberts.  "The cops were knocking on the door and came and knocked on all the neighbor's doors."

Neighbors say at least 7 cars on this street were targeted and the vandals used a type of paint that's easy to get off, but those weren't their first thoughts.

McRoberts says they thought it was spray paint.

"It was just kind of scribbled all over.  It was any identifiable marks or characteristics," she said.

Most of the paint scrubbed off, but not all of it.

The Pitcher family was also a target.

"I was kind of upset," says Joe Pitcher. "I don't understand why someone would just draw stuff on our cars."

While there isn't any major damage, people living here wonder why someone would target them in the middle of the night.

"I'm assuming it's just kids messing around, that would be my guess," says Katie Pitcher.

Left to clean up the mess, neighbors say this crime actually reinforces how tight knit this block is.

"One of the neighbor who was first notified by the police, she actually cleaned up all of our cars," says Joe.

Neighbors tell us more cars on other streets were vandalized, but police were not able to confirm this. They say it's still early in the investigation.

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