CARROLLTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Police are stepping up patrols and asking for the public’s help following vandalism attacks over the weekend that damaged more than 100 vehicles.
“They’re hoodlums. That’s the only word that comes to mind,” said Commander Doug Mitchell with the Carrollton Police Department.
It wouldn’t be politically correct to say that officers are angry. But Mitchell acknowledged that the overnight Friday and Saturday night attacks have touched a nerve.
“We are very sensitive to the situation our citizens are in, and they shouldn’t be there,” he said. “We’re doing everything we can to find who is responsible and hold them accountable.”
At last count, detectives had collected 107 vandalism reports ranging from broken windows and windshields to slashed tires. Because of the extent and expected dollar amount of the damage, officers say the suspects will likely face felony criminal mischief charges –– charges which could result in a fine and prison time if the suspects are convicted.
“They need to get locked up, because that’s not OK, at all,” said Austin Burton, who was walking his dog in one of the targeted neighborhoods Monday. He said homeowners are rattled.
“Right now, we’re clearing out room in our garage so we can put two cars in there, ‘cause we don’t want our windows bashed in and we don’t want our tires slashed,” he said.
A homeowner’s surveillance video captured the suspects in the act. At least three young men were spotted in a midsized white sedan, one of whom leaned out of the window to bash the windshield of a parked pickup truck.
Detectives are working to enhance the video to cull other clues and are also asking other businesses or homeowners with surveillance video to come forward.
“I don’t see how someone can do this to someone else,” pondered a dismayed Lynn Kircher.
Vandals bashed the windshield, rearview mirror and back tail light of her daughter’s beloved VW Bug — a graduation gift a few years back.
“It’s devastating to the neighborhood. You think you’re not safe,” she said. “They’ve come by and done it for several days, for what reason? Are we safe in our neighborhoods, anymore?”
Police are keeping an open mind regarding possible suspects. But Kircher says if the culprits are teen, she doesn’t consider it a prank and believes parents should be held accountable as well.
“If they are young kids, shame on the parents because they are responsible,” Kircher said. “Whoever it was, shame on them.”
Anyone with information or surveillance video can contact detectives at 972.466.3300.