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Police searching for culprits after dozens of cars vandalized in Clintonville, German Village

COLUMBUS, OH (WCMH) - Columbus Police are investigating after cars were vandalized in two Columbus neighborhoods.

In German Village, more than a dozen vehicles were damaged on Tuesday. Just two days prior, Clintonville residents were targeted in what appears to be the same kind of crime. Now residents are left to foot the bill.

"I found a black streak across the driver side door," Justin Goodwin said.

Goodwin said his neighbor told him to come outside quick because his car had been vandalized.

To his surprise, his other neighbors were also outside and stunned by the damage done to their cars.

"It ran from about here back to here across both doors," Goodwin said.

With a little bit of WD40 and some elbow grease, he was able to get it off, but others weren't as fortunate.

According to Columbus Police, nearly 70 cars were vandalized in Clintonville. Dark cars were keyed and light-colored cars were spray painted.

"I'm making a point park my car in the garage from now on," Steve, another victim who did not want to give his last name, said.

Steve's black Subaru was keyed. Now his is left with a bill he never asked for.

"I have a $500 deductible on my policy so they will pay anything after $500 but I'm stuck with $500 at least," he said.

In German Village, more than a dozen vehicles were hit. This happened Tuesday morning, and police think it was the same people who did it.

"I mean, I was shocked.  There was purple paint all down the side of my car," said Elizabeth Osborne.

She said she was on her way to work when she noticed her car was spray painted.

Police say they do not have a suspect in custody and are asking anyone with home surveillance videos to share them with investigators. 


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