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Durham police: 30 vehicles vandalized overnight

Posted July 11, 2008

— Police officers say at least 30 vehicles were vandalized overnight Thursday in a section of town called Old North Durham.

The vandalism was reported in the area of Monmouth Avenue, North Street and Trinity Avenue. Car windows were shot out with BB guns, and tires were slashed, according to investigators.

Homeowner Bobb Head said two of his cars were hit, and one had two windows smashed in.

"It's keeping me home from work today, because I have to run cars to the shop and back, and I have to call insurance companies," Head said.

Unfortunately, Head said, he did not have comprehensive insurance on his Mitsubishi Montero, so he'll pay for those repairs out of pocket. He estimated it will cost about $750 to repair both vehicles.

Head said he would like whoever did the damage to also pay.

"I'd like to see them caught," he said. "Apprehension would be nice."

Police said they did not have any suspects on Friday afternoon. Most residents said they did not hear anything unusual on Thursday night.

One resident said he heard a sound like a bottle breaking but did not think anything of it.

Residents of Old North Durham said that they had been working hard to revitalize the neighborhood and that they are determined to not let the vandalism ruin those efforts.

"This is a good neighborhood," homeowner Keith Phillips said. "I won't leave. I'm not going to let this kind of thing drive me out of here."


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  • koolady Jul 11, 2008

    You can't blame crime on boredom. If people were raised properly with ethics and morals and respect for others, they would even think twice about committing a crime. Blame the parents (or lack of)and our soft touchy feely society.

  • spartanpirate Jul 11, 2008

    This is not just happening in Durham. My neighborhood in Wake Forest had the vandalism toward the end of May. It is happening more and more as thieves look for ways to get fash cash. They take things out of autos and sell them to get money for whatever it is that they need money for.


  • taylor boy Jul 11, 2008

    These guys got to get it together.


    If they had a curfew they would have done it earlier in the night.
    The article does not comment on the time that these events happened.

  • rparker2 Jul 11, 2008

    I think Durham needs to have a curfew also. Bored kids, because school is out, that is ludicrious. Where are the parents of the kids? What they need is some harsh dicipline and some work to do to keep them occupied.

  • PACKFAN08 Jul 11, 2008

    There's that boredom setting in again.

  • Coach K is GREAT Jul 11, 2008

    School is out. No doubt done by teenagers with time on their hands, no curfew and no respect for the property of others. Shameful.
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    Scools out!!!!!!! these thuggish gang members don't gop to school ANYWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • copforlife Jul 11, 2008

    Does the song "Schools out for summer" mean anything?!!!

  • lrcwbb14 Jul 11, 2008

    There were at least 2 cars that were vandalized at my apartments off of Trinity Road last night as well...

  • iron fist Jul 11, 2008

    Schools out, no more supervision.