Vandals damage Otay Ranch community
Cars, homes damaged in overnight vandalism spree
Last Updated: 247 days ago
CHULA VISTA; Calif - The damage happened near Magdalena Avenue, just west of the 125 South Bay Expressway.
Chula Vista police told 10News that sometime between late Saturday night and early Sunday morning at least three homes were vandalized and more than 25 vehicles. The damaged appeared to be in the tens of thousands of dollars.
At least two cars’ engines had been torched; at least one truck had a smashed in windshield. It was a night of random vandalism targeting sidewalks, cars, even several garage doors.
“Waking up to seeing vandalism and graffiti on my neighbors’ vehicles…it’s devastating, I don't know where to start,” said Treviana resident Anna Radlinger.
Radlinger said she first noticed the damage Sunday morning when Chula Vista investigators were in her Treviana neighborhood taking reports from residents who were victims of the overnight vandals.
Sunday night, much of the damage was still visible: swastikas, drawings of body parts and drug references were just steps away from a family park and school.
“Kids probably just made the decision to get angry. But why chose this particular neighborhood?” asked Radlinger in frustration.
Chula Vista Police left letters on some of the vandalized cars and trucks.
One of the cars damaged was brand new: a gift for a man's spouse that hadn't yet been given to her.
Police believe there were three young men behind the vandalism in their late teens to early 20's. Anyone with information is being asked to call police.
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