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Vandals targeting cars in Middletown


Residents in Middletown are seeing more vandals, and the prime target is cars parked outside on the street.

The police reports show that whoever is smashing out the windows is coming out in the overnight hours, which has some afraid to park their cars out on the street.

Jessica is one of those residents. She now parks in her backyard behind her fence.

A few weeks ago, the front windshield of her Volkswagen was shattered while it was parked on Harrison Street. It has since been fixed, but the vandals left a lot of damage behind.

She believes the person jumped on the hood of the car and kicked out her window.

"There were footprints leading up to the front of the car and then like a big foot... like dirt all over the windshield," Jessica said. 

On the same night, her next door neighbor's windshield was also smashed in. A few blocks away near Auburn, another woman woke up to her car damaged.

She found marbles nearby and believes that was used to crack her window.

"It makes be feel unsafe like I can't have nice things living here," said Jessica.

She said when she reported the damage to police they wouldn't come to her house and told her to file a report online.

"I almost felt abandoned. I understand they're busy with heroin and other things they had to take care of," Jessica said. 

William Turner also lives on Harrison Street. His car wasn't damaged, but he said he'll be more active keeping watch in the neighborhood, but would like some help.

"I think we need more of a police presence around here honestly. I think we have too many showing up for drug overdoses. I think we had an overdose here two weeks ago. Six squad cars for one overdose. I think the vandals, the thieves and stuff are taking advantage," he said. 

Jessica is now taking matters into her own hands to protect her property.

"My husband was talking about getting cameras, but there's not a lot we can do. We don't have a garage."

Nothing was stolen from the cars broken into on Harrison Street.

No arrests have been made so far.

If you have any information, you're asked to call CrimeStoppers at 513-352-3040.

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