Vandals leave trail of destruction
Police are looking for two teens who caused an estimated $50,000 of damage vandalising 18 cars and several shops in Newport.PT0M55S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-35t2r 620 349 March 31, 2014
Two teenagers have gone on a crime spree overnight, vandalising cars and shops before trying to steal a car in Melbourne's inner west.
A car owner told police he saw two teenage boys trying to break into the car parked outside his house in Challis Street, Newport, about 3.45am on Monday.
Residents in Challis Street awoke to find a trail of destruction left by teenage vandals. Katherine Clark, who is holding her friend's daughter Isabel, surveys the damage to her car. Photo: Penny Stephens
When he confronted the boys, they ran off along Railway Avenue and were last seen running across railway tracks.
Victoria Police spokesman senior constable Adam West said the boys had graffitied at least 18 cars on the street and tagged several shops before breaking into the car.
Rachel Eglington's car was defaced overnight. Photo: Penny Stephens
Police estimated the vandals caused at least $50,000 in damage.
Resident Katherine Clark, 31, was not amused to find “I’m a pedo” and a picture of handcuffs spray-painted in lurid pink across her white company car.
“I’m just frustrated, like many people around here would be,” she said.
“It’s just such a selfless, annoying and time-wasting act – there’s no reason for them to have done it.”
Another neighbour, full-time carer and part-time patisserie student Rachel Eglington, 22, said it was “pretty shocking to wake up to police knocking on your door in the morning”.
“I have a big penis on my car, and my entire driver’s side to the back is spray-painted pink,” Ms Eglington said.
“My boyfriend’s and my dad’s cars were also damaged, so it was quite a hassle to work out another way to get to the train station this morning.
“It just sucks because I don’t have any insurance.”
Anyone with information about the crime spree – including the owners of the damaged cars – are asked to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.