Vandals hit Woodburn retirement community

Vandals hit Woodburn retirement community

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Posted on June 23, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 24 at 1:35 PM

WOODBURN, Ore. -- Widespread vandalism in Woodburn this weekend has neighbors in a popular retirement community frustrated.

More than 30 houses and many cars were damaged at the Estates Golf and Country Club.

The damage was extensive, with graphic material spray-painted on homes. Not only were homes damaged, so were cars, with brake lines cut and lug nuts stolen.

A woman who lives in the community recently lost her husband and is trying to sell her home. Now it's covered in spray painted graffiti.

“She's a widow. Come on kids. Think about what you're doing to people,” one neighbor told KGW Sunday.

Paula Kilgore’s car was shot with a pellet gun and her son-in-law's car had its lug nuts stolen.

“They could have killed someone very easily, and then they would have had that on their conscience. I don’t understand children,” she said.

Sandy Blaylock heard some kids walking through the neighborhood and laughing early Saturday morning at about 1:30 a.m. She didn't realize what they were doing at the time, but said she saw at least six teenagers.

“All I saw was a group of kids and they looked pretty tall. I just wasn't thinking. I will from now on,” she said.

Resident Charlie Nelson noticed his brake system lights were acting strange. Under the car, he discovered the brake lines had been cut.

“We're all retired. All we want to do is just live here in a nice neighborhood and they come here and trash it,” he said. “I think it’s a sad commentary on what’s going on today and I don’t know the reasons and I don't know the cures.”

It appears the young vandals walked through the golf course, sneaking up on homes and cars on both sides of the fairway.

Many with insurance have large deductibles, so this senseless damage is financially painful as well.

A man who spotted the vandals and called police said they appeared to be between 12 and 15 years old.

Several residents already plan to install motion detectors and are putting together a neighborhood watch group.

KGW reporter Wayne Havrelly contributed to this report.

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