Dozens of vehicles vandalized in northwest Grand Rapids

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A vandalized vehicle on Grand Rapids' northwest side. (Sept. 18, 2017)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids police are investigating after dozens of vehicles were vandalized on the city’s northwest side overnight.

Police told 24 Hour News 8 more than 40 vehicles were damaged — most with broken windows – and the damage reportedly happened between midnight and 5 a.m. Monday in the majority of cases.

Victims who spoke with 24 Hour News 8 were confused and angry after discovering their smashed windows.

Alex Robles, who lives off Pine Street NW, found his smashed windows before heading to school Monday morning.

“Right here, I see some like little shot or whatever it is and there’s another little hole right here,” Robles said, pointing to the damage on his car. “I’m mad ’cause now I can’t even drive, ’cause like who’s going to drive with a broken window.”

In some instances, someone shot out windows with a BB gun, police said. However, there were no reports of stolen property.

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A vandalized vehicle on Grand Rapids’ northwest side. (Sept. 18, 2017)

Jasmine Alcautr was awoken when her family told her all of their cars had been vandalized.

“And so I went outside and I just see all three of our cars, our windows are broken — my mom’s, my sister’s and mine,” Alcautr said.

Two cars Brennen Rodgers’ family owns were also damaged. He doesn’t understand why anyone would want to vandalize so many cars.

“I noticed that ’cause I had some things in there. None of it was even touched, so I don’t know if it was for pure enjoyment, which maybe. It’s just cruel,” Rodgers said.

One of the vehicles that was vandalized on Grand Rapids’ northwest side early Monday morning. (Sept. 18, 2017)

Some of the streets where vehicles were vandalized include Pine Avenue, where 11 vehicles were hit, and 4th Street, where eight vehicles were damaged.

Police say based on the number of cars involved in the vandalism, whoever is responsible could face felony charges.

They didn’t have any information on a suspect or suspects Monday.

Anyone with information should call the Grand Rapids Police Department at 616.456.3400 or contact Silent Observer by calling 616.744.2345 or online at silentobserver.org.