RPD investigating after roughly a dozen cars, homes vandalized in Forest Hill

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Police are investigating after roughly a dozen cars, apartment buildings and even the streets themselves were vandalized in Richmond’s Forest Hill neighborhood.

“Kind of upset that someone would do this kind of thing to other people’s property,” said Will Braun, who’s car was one of many that was spraypainted overnight. “It’s kind of a crappy thing to do.”

Cars on 41st, 43rd and Dunston streets were hit and police say they also got calls for cars vandalism on 46th street. Richmond Police said a total of 10 cars have been reported vandalized so far, as well as one home. Some contained ambiguous messages, others contained profanity.

7A3C916F7AEC4006BA44D2AAB4B37BC3Braun says he noticed the damage when he walked out the door to go to work.

“Look around and look over and see my car and, ‘oh that’s a good way to start the day’,” he recalled.

Police are asking victims who haven’t reported the vandalism to give them a call on their non-emergency number so they can get an idea of how much damage was done overnight.

“I think it’s probably kids, you know, fooling around, they’re out of school,” suggested Carolyn Paulette.

Paulette says she’s lived in the neighborhood for more than 50 years. She and other residents call the crime extremely unusual for the area.

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“The painting is pretty unusual,” Paulette said. “Haven’t seen that.”

Braun added, “it’s kind of surprising because this is a really low-key, really peaceful kind of area.”

778C6C1F15E04F68AF5B331E54770174“I don’t remember this ever happening on this scale,” added resident Mary Godsey.

Police are telling residents to report anything suspicious, and if they see juveniles on the streets after 11 p.m. to give them a call to report a curfew violation.

Police say any vandalism causing $1,000 or more in damage is considered a felony.

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