‘Someone is really out here shattering windows': Church Hill neighbors wake up to 20 cars vandalized

Church Hill neighbors call 12 On Your Side after waking up to find their car windows smashed. Most of it was caught on video.
Published: May. 26, 2022 at 4:48 PM EDT|Updated: May. 26, 2022 at 6:52 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Church Hill neighbors said they woke up to find their car windows smashed, and most of it was caught on video.

“It’s crazy. Someone is really out here at five in the morning shattering windows,” said Tahmad Camp.

When he went outside to get in his car for work, Camp said he saw neighbors assessing the damage. His car window wasn’t smashed, but blood was on his window. It looked like someone attempted to break it but couldn’t.

In a Nest Camera video from a neighbor’s home, a person can be seen smashing the windows. It appears they were punching each window.

“He didn’t even try to get inside the car, [he was] just going in each car hitting the window,” Camp explained. “Had to be by fist based on seeing the blood splat on my window.”

Camp said neighbors called Richmond Police and were told 20 cars on P and 37th streets had shattered windows.

“Luckily, we live in a society where coverage, full coverage, covers these things - that is still not the point,” said Muhammed Abdul. “The point of the matter is, the emotional or psychological impact where you cannot feel secure, where your car right in front of your house is safe.”

Abdul says his uncle’s SUV had a window smashed out. He is thankful a neighbor covered it with a plastic bag, but he is frustrated by the situation.

“You see somebody’s property; it is not yours - let it be. You have to earn the respect and trust you would want for yourself,” said Abdul.

In a statement to NBC12, Richmond Police wrote:

First Precinct is investigating a series of vandalisms where a single suspect apparently walked down P Street and smashed out a significant number of car windows. No larcenies were reported.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. If anyone sees suspicious activity they are asked to call 911.

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