Taggers target Mercdes, other vehicles in upscale Chula Vista neighborhood

Posted at 6:44 PM, Aug 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-11 00:42:20-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - Neighbors in a Chula Vista neighborhood aren't sleeping very well as they wonder if and when a tagger will return to target their vehicles.

Mariana Garcia said she was in shock when she left her house in the Hillsborough area to go to work on Monday morning.

"Around 7 in the morning, I go outside and the first thing I see are symbols all over my front hood," said Garcia.

Black spray paint was all over her Garcia's Mercedes SUV, which was parked on San Anselmo Street.

"I was very, very angry, and as I thought about it, that just became sadness," said Garcia.

Garcia acted quickly and applied graffiti remover to the hood. She then drove around the neighborhood and saw more graffiti.

A 10News crew drove around the area and saw a mailbox and some playground equipment in a park that were also tagged.

Hours later, the taggers struck again -- overnight.

Photos of more tagged vehicles were posted on the website Nextdoor.

"You're paying money for things and you're taking care of your things, and then somebody comes in a second and messes it up. It's disheartening," said Garcia.

Neighbors say tagging wasn't a problem until the recent incidents.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Chula Vista police.