Posted at: 11/07/2012 5:19 PM
Updated at: 11/07/2012 5:40 PM
By: Joangel Concepcion
A community is on edge. Cars are being vandalized in Chili and sheriff's deputies say this isn't the first time.
Vandals hit more than a dozen cars just within the last few weeks and now Monroe County Sheriff's Deputies are on the case. They say someone has been slashing car tires through the area. Now residents in Chili are afraid it will happen again.
The sheriff's office says these acts of vandalism happened in two separate incidents. The latest was over the weekend at a senior center off of Chili Avenue. But before that, it happened just blocks away at an apartment complex. Sheriff's deputies say these incidents may be related.
News10NBC obtained a picture off Twitter which shows one of the slashed tires from this weekend. Sheriff's Deputies say six cars were vandalized during an event at the senior center . They say it happened in broad daylight, between 1pm and 4:30pm in the afternoon. Workers at the center say the victims came out of the function and found that their tires had been slashed. A truck belonging to the town of Chili was also hit.
But before the incident, sheriff's deputies say eight cars were vandalized overnight back on October 18. It happened on several streets throughout this apartment complex, which is just blocks away from the senior center.
Residents say this recent act of vandalism is putting them on edge once again.
Tina Marie Thorton said, “I'm nervous about it because you know, it's happening too close. So we're watching out. All of the neighbors are watching each others cars. If one is home the other watches the others cars. That's what we're doing but it's happening at night so we don't know who's doing it.”
News10NBC spoke to other residents at the apartment complex. Many are still angry over the incident. Some say they spent up to $600 to replace four of their tires.
Sheriff's Deputies say they do not have much on the person or person involved. They are urging everyone in that community to call the sheriff's office if they know anything about these incidents.