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Vandals Damage More Than 60 Cars In Lancaster, Costa Mesa

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LANCASTER (CBSLA.com) — Police are looking for suspects who vandalized at least 31 cars in Lancaster and 30 more in Costa Mesa early Sunday.

In Lancaster, the suspect shot out windows sometime between 11 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday.

Most of the cars hit were parked in the area of Challenger Way and Avenue K on the east side of the city, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy G. Hovland said.

No suspect information was available, he said.

CBS2’s Adrianna Weingold spoke to neighbors who were, understandably upset.

“You don’t feel safe with things going on like  this,” said Robert Gacton.

Deprecia Footman just bought her vehicle Friday.

She estimates fixing the broken window alone will cost $300 — not to mention the cost of fixing the various dings and holes caused by the BB pellets.

Footman had trouble understanding the suspect’s motivation and worries if her neighborhood is safe.

“I mean, I don’t understand destroying someone’s property. We work hard to get these cars. We shouldn’t have to worry about our cars being parked on the street,” Footman said.

Meanwhile, in Costa Mesa overnight, someone spray-painted as many as 30 cars with smiley faces and the words “ha ha.”

The vandalism there occurred in the early morning hours in the 1000 blocks of South Coast Drive and Begonia Avenue, said Costa Mesa Police Sgt. Jerry Souza.

The vandal also reportedly spray-painted an American flag and broke three light fixtures. The suspect also painted “ha ha” on a garage in the 3400 block of Venetian Drive, said Souza.

No suspects have been arrested.

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