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La Jolla drive-by vandalism spree sparks worries

Posted at 5:13 PM, Mar 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-14 21:23:43-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Anxiety is growing along La Jolla Boulevard after months of drive-by vandals shattering the windows of businesses, homes and cars.

"It's a little terrifying, random, and I don't know when it's going to happen," said David Heine.

Heine owns Beaumont's Eatery. Last Saturday, just before 7 p.m., a customer parked a car across the street.

"Just crossed the street onto the sidewalk, when we heard the smash. Their car window shattered. At the same time, rocks came through our awning," said Heine.

Heine says the rocks tore through the vinyl awning and struck his hostess, who wasn't injured.

"The rocks bounced past kids on the patio. It's a dangerous situation," said Heine.

It's a danger that isn't going away. The incident is the latest of five similar incidents here in the past few months. Along a mile-and-a-half stretch of La Jolla Blvd., a similar story has been unfolding: Kitchen and car windows shattered, along with windows of other businesses like the Baskin-Robbins.

Megan Murphy, co-owner of Verdes El Ranchero restaurant, just finished replacing her second rock shattered window. But this Saturday night, a clue emerged from her new cameras.

In the video, a dark sedan pauses to let two people cross the street, before a person wearing red leans out of the window and appears to toss something out. At the same time, rocks appear on the ground near the pedestrians.

The rocks recovered have been about an inch long, but they've been thrown with velocity. A handful of people have been hit, but there have been no serious injuries.

"One of these times someone is going to get seriously hurt, and it's not okay ... not kids being kids. It's vandalism," said Murphy.

Heine says each incident has occurred at night and generally on the weekend. Anyone with information is asked to call San Diego Police at 619-531-2000.