July 12, 2005
Albemarle County Police are sorting out the details after at least 12 cars were vandalized in the early morning hours of July 12. Police said the random acts of violence caused thousands of dollars worth of damage.
Over a dozen vehicles were vandalized. Windows were smashed in and glass was shattered everywhere. That's what some Albemarle County families awoke to the morning of July 12.
"My daughter came inside the house and she said 'something is wrong with the car.' And we figured 'what's wrong with the car?' I thought it might have had a fender bender or something like that, but we came out here and looked at it and there it was, glass all over the place," said Von Parrish, a Camelot resident.
Witnesses said they heard that three teenagers went on a vandalism rampage with a baseball bat, smashing cars in Camelot, Briarwood, Hollymeade, and Forest Lakes.
"We believe it may have happened aometime between midnight and three or four o'clock in the morning," said John Texiera, of Albemarle County Police Department.
Police said they were shocked to find out that the vandals didn't take anything from any of the cars.
"The interesting thing about these vandalisms was nothing was taken, no theft was involved, which shows that the intent was to damage," said Texiera.
Although Albemarle County police said the attacks were random, each of the vandalized cars was parked on the street rather than the driveway.
"We don't have any suspects as of this time nor do we have any significant leads, however I'm confident that we will be able to develop some," said Texiera.
While police are left searching for the attackers, the victims are left wondering why.
"The cops said [the vandals] just didn't have anything better to do," said Parrish.
If you have any information about these incidents, police ask you to call Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000.