Four cars spray painted, vandalized in Springfield

Two cars in the 500 block of East Rose Street were covered in black spray paint, including on the license plate, as well as tan latex paint. One car had its back window smashed.

Those cars belonged to Desari Roberts and her younger sister, Justice Lawrence.

“It’s messed up,” Roberts said. “We work hard. We both work two jobs and go to school and it’s really messed up. Now we just have to pay extra money, but that’s life.”

The two were woken up by the sound of glass shattering about 2 a.m. Tuesday and told police they saw the suspect. Police requested an arrest warrant for criminal damaging.

The other set of vandalized cars were in the 200 block of Rosewood Avenue. Those were also covered in black spray paint, including on the license plate and mirrors.

Cheryl West saw her damaged car when she was coming home from her night shift as a nurse.

“All over the glass. All over the hood. All over the car,” she said “I’ve never had anything like this happen to me before.”

She called it a traumatic experience and a senseless crime.

Her neighbor’s car was also hit, with profanities written on its hood.

“I would just really like an apology,” West said. “I feel some kids might have done it and if children did it, that’s all I want from them, is a personal apology.”

Roberts took her car today for an estimate from Jeff Wyler Collision Shop. It will likely take two weeks and cost about $6,000 to repair the car.

“(Spray paint) makes a mess,” Jeff Wyler Collision Shop manager Dave Detrick said.

Spray paint will come off of metal and windows with paint thinner, he said, but any plastic pieces have to be replaced.

Springfield police couldn’t be reached for comment on if the incidents are related.

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