More Than 50 Cars Vandalized

By: Rick Montanez Email
By: Rick Montanez Email

Colorado Springs police are investigating a vandalism spree. More than 50 cars in the Rockrimmon neighborhood had their windows smashed in late Saturday night.

Police think the vandals are teenagers because witnesses told investigators they saw teenagers running around the streets and hitting some of the cars.

"It’s kind of a bad way to start a Sunday morning," said Craig Johnson. His and dozens of other car windows were busted out. Some cars cannot be driven because the windshields are smashed.

"Everybody was very upset, everybody got together to talk about it," said Cheryl Patterson.

Patterson found her Jeep Cherokee’s windshield smashed in. Next to the Jeep, on the sidewalk, she found a large, heavy rock. Patterson thinks the vandals used the rock to break her windshield. "It’s very nerve-racking,” said Patterson. “I thought this was a safe neighborhood, I hope it still is."

Another victim found a big rock sitting on the hood of their car, with almost all of the glass in the car broken. "Whoever did it, I don't care if they're 14, they need to go to jail," said Randy Shumard, who has been vandalized in the past.

If caught, the vandals will face felony criminal mischief charges due to the cost of the vandalism being in above $10,000.

Investigators tell 11 News they're looking for a group of teenagers. If you know anything about the vandalism spree, you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.

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  • by protean Location: cs springs on Jan 20, 2010 at 06:38 PM
    The acts of these children could drive someone to make a rash decision. Rather than be blinded by our collective anger. We should keep a cool head and carefully consider the social and environmental factors at work here. Then and only then should we unleash the shock and awe of immediate vengeance. Using focused and measured rage, I suggest we pummel them into a pile of lips and knee caps. Then pummel them all over again, reducing them to nothing but component atoms. Kids! What are you going to do?
  • by haha Location: rockrimmon on Jan 20, 2010 at 11:05 AM
    This is what you get when you raise a bunch of spoiled brats. maybe if they understood what its like to earn something they would think twice before they ruined someone elses stuff. products of they society they live in.
  • by AV Location: Falcon on Jan 20, 2010 at 10:22 AM
    James, A major problem with these punks going into the military is the world class training they get on tactics, weapons handling and hand to hand combat. Way too many gang members are enlisting into the military with the intent of gaining this valuable training and knowledge so they can bring back out on the streets. Gangs are trying to get into the USAF as well but we're pretty good at screening them out early enough. Not a nice to think about, is it. There are a ton of good people in the Army, but it's very unfortunate the standards are so low as to allow basically anyone in. I have a distant cousin who failed HS and went to jail twice for stealing cars, but guess what, he's in the Army now. Anyways, since standards are low, I'd say identify these young vandals to the Army, enlist them and send them immediately to the streets of Iraq or Afganistan checking vehicles for bombs. Maybe this will wake them up and change the way they look at things. Most likely not though.
  • by James Location: Colorado Springs on Jan 20, 2010 at 07:58 AM
    AV, what can I say, the Army is exactly where these little hoodlums should be. In the Army, they are taught to kill, keep their mouths shut, and perhaps best of all, these trouble makers can provide much needed bullet barriers for the more afluent troops we are currently putting on the front line. It is a real scarry thought to realize our own military cannot teach these trouble makers not to be in a gang other than our largest gang...the military. Now I really fear for my childrens future if the military cannot prevent gangs...time to load the scatter shot and lay in waiting I suppose. Thanks for the security update AV!
  • by s Location: austin on Jan 19, 2010 at 06:11 PM
    It isn't fair to hold it against them that they have a higher earning potential. Just because they can afford to have their window fixed doesn't mean that it's all right that it happened to them, and to say anything to the contrary is ignorant. Unfortunately kids get neglected and misguided but the bottom line is that you HAVE to be held accountable for your actions. Eventually these "misguided kids" are going to grow up and will be held accountable for their actions regardless. 50 cars sounds willful and malicious. This isn't some kiddo who accidentally knocked out a window playing baseball. If an adult did this, they would go straight to jail. This isn't kids being kids. This sounds like a bunch of teenagers acting out of malicious ignorance thinking that they're invincible. These actions were downright distructive and NOT something that is excusable no matter how "hard" they've had it. Plenty of kids have a hard life and don't find it necessary to be destructive about it.
  • by ilikethis9997 Location: Colorado Springs on Jan 19, 2010 at 03:49 PM
    Ya know, if there's a part of town that can afford the cost of this annoyance, it'd be the dwellars of Rockrimmon. This is definitely not a poor part of town. Of course that doesn't mean we deserve vandalism. I've put peanut butter under car handles, but I never did anything too costly like this.
  • by AV Location: Falcon on Jan 19, 2010 at 11:09 AM
    Why is it that so many of you think these young punks should go in the military? I've spent 22 years in the USAF and have kicked out many young punks like this that some how slipped through. The military is not a dumping ground for criminals to go (minus the fact the Army accepts them everyday) to learn tactics and to become proficient in weapons and combat. I just returned from Europe and the Army is having a heck of a time with all the gangs that have infiltrated its ranks and that are now terroizing the Post's and local area's over there. Jail and community service should be in order here to include the parent serving community service as well. Maybe then, these unaware parents will get involved with their darn children.
  • by Cat on Jan 19, 2010 at 09:41 AM
    James, just wanted to say that I enjoy your posts. I do believe firmly that the perps should face the consequences if they are ever caught...which I sadly hold little hope for...but the bigger issues of how we deal with children under the age of 18 in the justice system is a critical one. Thank you for your posts.
  • by Brian Location: Rockrimmon on Jan 19, 2010 at 08:23 AM
    Rockrimmon is unsafe? Compared to what? LA? Chicago? New York? Palm Springs? Talk about a stupid thing to say! Sorry, I'd expect it from someone out of state who has no idea of what Colorado Springs is like. Check out the following crime statistics by the Palm Springs Police! Nick needs to stop living in a glass house - I just threw a rock through the window...
  • by Cat Location: Rockrimmon on Jan 19, 2010 at 07:34 AM
    Nick, this area of town is NOT "unsafe/poverty" stricken by any means! I have a friend who has had an auto glass business for years and he says that this happens all over town. And not everyone has more than a two car garage but might have more than two members in the family driving. Comments like yours are of a "blame the victim" mentality. Glass guy, you hit the nail on the head. This is just a sheer waste of money and resources through no fault of our (the victims, of which I am one) own.
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