AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF-TV) – The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is looking for vandals who have been damaging cars in south Augusta.
This month, there have been more than 250 reports of busted out windows, smashed windshields and broken mailboxes.
The vandals are targeting neighborhoods off Deans Bridge Road and Peach Orchard Road.
The damage is being done overnight as people are sleeping.
“I’ve had no problems on this street and I’ve been here for 4 years. Nothing like this has ever happened,” Tasha Robinson said.
Robinson woke up Wednesday morning to a text message from her neighbor asking her if she was okay.
“As soon as I got the text message, I just automatically assumed, go check outside. When I opened up by back door, that was the first thing I saw,” Robinson said.
The back window of her car was shattered by vandals.
Neighbors say they heard the smashing being done at 3 in the morning.
“My neighbor said it sounded like it might have been a gunshot. But I’m like, I don’t see a bullet. I don’t see anything. So I just imagine it was a bat or a pole or something,” Robinson said.
Across town, there are more signs of vandals.
Busted out windows, cracked windshields and damaged sunroofs.
The worst of the damage was a mailbox thrown through the back window of a car.
“My thought is that it’s just some kids that don’t have anything to do or it’s some type of gang initiation,” Robinson said.
Although nothing was stolen, the damage is costly. Most victims have to pay insurance deductibles ranging from $200 to $500.
“The most expensive glass on the car. I probably would have preferred that it was the front windshield or a door window, not this one though,” Robinson said.
For Robinson, this is tough because Christmas is right around the corner.
“Missing work. Kids missing school and going to school late. I have a car sitting in my driveway and I can’t use it because it’s been cold outside,” Robinson said.
Deputies say that witnesses have seen a Red Ford Escape leave the scene of these crimes.
If you have any information about the vandalism, please call the sheriff’s office.