4 arrested after smashed car windshields and punctured tires in Chandler neighborhoods
Chandler, Ariz. – Police say four people, including three minors, have been arrested in connection with a series of car break-ins and vandalism in Chandler neighborhoods.
According to policedozens of cars were damaged throughout February, with the most recent incident occurring on February 14 in neighborhoods south of Chandler Boulevard between Cooper and Gilbert Roads.
“Detectives from the Chandler Police Department began pursuing investigative leads after police stopped a vehicle on February 14, 2022, which matched the description of the suspect vehicle in various surveillance videos,” the police said. police Thursday.
Davion Lacour, 19, and three minors were arrested after officers stopped the suspect vehicle near Alma School Road and Mesquite Street, where 12 cars in the area were damaged.
“Police heard vehicle windows smashed and Davion’s vehicle driving off at high speed,” police said.
Lacour was jailed and is charged with 12 counts of criminal damage. The minors were placed in the Durango detention center.
Damages in all incidents are estimated at over $75,000.
Police encourage anyone who has not yet reported damage to their vehicle to call 480-782-4130 and file a police report.
Neighbor’s reaction to vandalized cars
The first crimes reportedly took place in a neighborhood near Arizona Avenue and Queen Creek Road on February 2.
Police knocked on resident Marianne Hunt’s door that morning to tell her the rear windscreen of her daughter’s car had been shattered and one of the tires had been punctured.
This damage was less severe than other cars in the neighborhood, according to Hunt.
“She’ll have to fix it, it’s not fun, but it sure could have been worse I guess,” Hun said. “Many of them had broken front and rear windshields.”
Hunt said she hopes one of the homes in the area will have surveillance video to help identify vandals.
“We have a few neighbors who have cameras on, so we’ll check with them to see if they caught anything,” she said.
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