23 vandalism cases occur overnight in PSL

Posted at 12:54 PM, Dec 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-29 18:50:37-05

Port St. Lucie police are trying to track down the people responsible for vandalizing more than 20 cars and one home Sunday night into Monday morning.

Police took 23 reports of cars and one home with shattered windows.

Police believe the vandals may be a group of teenagers or young adults, using a slingshot with marbles or something like a BB-gun.

The areas impacted included neighborhoods in the Northwestern part of the city, Southwestern, and a central pocket of the city near the police department.

Port St. Lucie Assistant Police Chief, Richard Del Toro, believes all the incidents are related. "Since it was scattered all out like that, maybe they were picking up friends from different areas and then just having a good time in the areas where they were picking the kids up. We're not even sure if it is kids, but that's usually the M-O that we've come across before," Del Toro said.

Jack Ramdass lives on SW Import Dr. where nearly a half-dozen cars were targeted. He found the damage to his car after he returned from a vacation. "When I came back, my mother in law and my sister in law were in the house and they told me about it, but they waited until I unpacked everything and they broke the news today," Ramdass said.

It's a hard hit right after the holidays, Ramdass said. "It's very aggravating actually because you can't even find the people who did this and you have to spend money you don't have."

Del Toro says police will be increasing patrols in the areas where the vandalism occurred.

"It's a shame because it's not something that you're probably going to report to your insurance company so you're going to have to come out of pocket. And this time of year with the holidays it's expensive for people as it is. So, this is just an unfortunate incident, but we're going to try to run down every lead possible to try to bring these people justice," Del Toro said.

Police are also checking the areas targeted for surveillance to try to identify suspects, or at least the car they were driving.