May 6, 2007
Almost 30 vehicles in Crozet's Old Trail Subdivision and Orchard Acres were damaged after two teens spent the night on a vandalism spree.
The vandals damaged cars in driveways and on the roads in their early morning crime spree.
Crozet residents were shocked when they woke up Sunday morning and realized what happened to their cars, but what's even more surprising to them is who Albemarle County Police say is responsible for the damage.
One resident of the newly built community in western Albemarle County said she woke up to slashed tires.
“[There was] a knock on my door at six o'clock in the morning with a police officer telling me that both of our car tires had been slashed,” said Kelly Long.
Around 4 a.m., police were called to Cling Lane for a report of a vandalism to a mailbox in progress. When they arrived, they found more than a mailbox damaged. A total of 28 cars were vandalized with 46 tires slashed. Police have two suspects.
“They did locate two juveniles, one 13 years of age and one 12 years of age,” said Corporal Hintz of the Albemarle County Police Department.
Police said this isn't the first time they've been called to this area for reports of vandalism. In an area like Old Trail, they said, crime prevention can be tough.
“Hopefully once the subdivision is fully developed, we might be able to develop some kind of crime prevention strategies,” said Hintz.
However, Kelly said it's common to see kids walking around the neighborhood. She is surprised something like this would happen in what she said is an otherwise quiet community.
“You don't know what provoked it or why. It's just really sad. I feel sorry for them actually,” she said.
Police are still receiving reports as people discover damage to their vehicles. As time goes on, the number of vehicles vandalized will rise, along with the cost of the crime.
An early estimation of the damage exceeds $5,000.