Charleston's West Side Hit by Vandalism Again

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Vandalism hits Charleston's west side again, after at least four cars were keyed overnight.

It's not something to be expected on a Sunday morning, but when Toni Harris opened her door to find police, she knew exactly what happened.

Just last week, the area of Somerset Road in Charleston was hit with car break-ins. Now, neighbors on the same street and at least four cars are left with white lines etched into the paint.

Kevin McIlwain was also a victim of the vandalism. "I guess we'll have to contact insurance. I made the report to the police."

No matter how small the damage, police say it's important to contact them when things like this happen. Records of target areas will increase patrols.

"If crimes are not reported or reported promptly, then we are behind the eight ball knowing crime patterns or know what area needs additional police presence and where suspects may be located," explains Charleston Police Lt. Steve Cooper.

It's acts of vandalism like this, neighbors say is senseless. "It's very annoying. It's obviously vandalism for vandalism sake. There's no payoff for anybody," McIlwain says.

Harris adds, "It's sad. People work hard. I work hard for what we have and I don't appreciate someone coming along and tearing it up. I'm not bothering anyone and I don't want anyone bothering me."

Police are still searching for suspects in both the car break-ins and the vandalism.

Neighbors say they may install security cameras and will continue looking out for each other.

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