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Vandals Target Cars at Fayetteville Apartment Complexes

Posted April 17, 2007 5:23 p.m. EDT
Updated April 17, 2007 9:39 p.m. EDT

— As many as 20 cars had their windows broken out early Tuesday morning in the parking lots of several apartment complexes in Fayetteville.

Vandals targeted at least five cars at Haymount Manor and other vehicles at complexes along Elvira Street between Fort Bragg Road and Bragg Boulevard.

David Lopez was replacing a shattered window in his mother’s vehicle Tuesday after her car wasstruck.

"They came in and just ransacked the inside, I guess looking to see what she had in the vehicle,” he said.

Lopez’s mother recently moved from New York to get away from big-city crime and be closer to her son. She lives in Haymount Manor, which offers apartments for senior citizens.

"It's just a shame they're now being targeted,” Lopez said.

Someone pried open the back window of Dixie Lee's pickup truck, stealing jewelry and a baseball bat. A tool was also taken out of the truck and used to break the window of another vehicle nearby, police told Lee.

Lee said the sense of security is shattered for her and other Haymount Manor residents.

"I can get out,” Lee said. “I can go. These other people, a lot of them whose vehicles were really battered with the windows, that's all they have. And for somebody to come in here and do that, that's just wrong."

The vandals also struck at the Carriage Hills Apartments, targeting six cars. Windows were broken and the shattered glass was pushed into the cars. Sheldon Cohen, who works at the complex, said the intruders stole mostly CDs and acted methodically.

"The people I talked to say they had standard car alarm systems, and standard car alarm systems go off if you open the door,” Cohen said.

Police say they don't know how many people were involved in the break-ins, and they have no suspect description.

They also said it doesn't appear that the overnight incidents were related to vandalism last week, when nearly 50 new cars had their windows busted at a dealership on Raeford Road.