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At least 50 vehicles vandalized in Raleigh, Durham

Posted November 5, 2014

— Police in Raleigh and Durham are investigating numerous reports of vandalism to cars over the past couple of days.

Windows in at least 20 vehicles parked on along Smallwood Drive, Faircloth Street and Brooks Avenue in Raleigh were shot out overnight Wednesday by what appeared to be a pellet gun. Some had windows smashed.

Nothing appeared to be stolen from the vehicles, residents and police said.

In Durham, police have received at least 30 similar reports of vandalism since Tuesday morning – most of them being along residential streets near N.C. Highway 55 and Interstate 40.

Alexia Brewer, who lives at the Cameron Village Condominiums, said her husband heard a noise outside early Wednesday morning and called 911 after he confronted two young men who had been looking in their window.

"I think we all have to really keep our eyes open and just be aware of things that are not normal in the neighborhood," Brewer said.

Investigators have not made any arrests, but a spokeswoman for Durham police said they are consulting with Raleigh police to determine if the acts are related.


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  • shawn36003 Nov 5, 2014

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    Same thing when I had the same issue. No problems at all.

  • iopsyc Nov 5, 2014

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    Depending on several factors, it may be cheaper to just pay out of pocket instead of filing an insurance claim.

  • jmoxley2010 Nov 5, 2014

    Why do we assume this is a crime committed by kids?

  • lopo Nov 5, 2014

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    Its not a petty crime when its 50 cars in just two days. With until they see their next insurance bill and see how petty it is.

  • PowderedToastMan Nov 5, 2014

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    Again, police do not typically waste their time coming out and fingerprinting every minor car break-in. It's a waste of resources over such a petty crime.

  • Heather Brittingham Nov 5, 2014
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    Interesting that some people have such terrible experiences with RPD. My car was broken into a year or so ago and the police officer was there in less than an hour to take a report. They caught the kids who were breaking into the cars a month or two later.

  • Anne Walker Nov 5, 2014
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    I watch too many crime shows to have an accurate idea of what can and should be done in case of a broken car window, and it seems I am not alone. Yes, such crimes matter, but the cavalry need not be called out for such stuff.

  • tierneemalinadeveaux Nov 5, 2014

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    OGE, I feel your pain. Someone broke into my car parked in my driveway, and the police told me that they were not coming because it was raining outside. I told them that it did not rain on the inside of the vehicle, and they could get fingerprints from the inside of the car. They still did not come.

  • PowderedToastMan Nov 5, 2014

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    Police have more important things to do than worry about a broken car window.

  • Mike Pittman Nov 5, 2014
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    OGE: Please educate the rest of us with your detective skills and tell us how you would have caught the perpetrator?