Vandals key cars, slash tires in southside neighborhood

Corpus Christi (KIII news) — Some southside residents believe a group of neighborhood kids are responsible for recent acts of vandalism in their area.

At least half a dozen people living on Xanadu and Venture streets near Carroll Lane walked outside Tuesday to find their cars had been keyed. Neighbors said they aren’t surprised — this kind of thing has been happening for weeks.

At least five cars were keyed with what appeared to be gang writing or graffiti, along with smiley faces. Others also had their tires slashed.

“She didn’t notice until she went to work, actually, and one of her coworkers was like, ‘Hey, have you seen the side of your car?'” said Zak Gordon, whose girlfriend’s vehicle was vandalized.

One of Gordon’s neighbors caught the whole thing on surveillance video.

“It’s always at three in the morning,” the neighbor said. “He checks my Expedition, then my Cadillac, and now he’s keeping it up.”

Residents believe the culprits are kids that live a few houses down.

“Summertime we usually get more break-ins in this area,” resident Jaimie Arnold said. “I think it’s just kids getting bored and making really poor decisions and not having proper parental supervision.”

Gordon said the incidents have increased to two to three times a week for a number of months.

“They’re just taking whatever they can find,” Gordon said. “They stole a jacket out of her car a few weeks ago. Other neighbors have had property from their cars stolen, and wallets.”

“We plan on pressing charges,” Arnold said.

Neighbors said they have filed police reports and plan on putting sings up warning thieves to stay away.

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