PORTLAND – Over the last three months more than 400 cars have been vandalized across Portland’s east side. With police failing to make any arrest neighbors want the city to up the stakes.
The affected area covers three police precincts with hundreds of vehicles, mostly SUVs, and trucks have been targeted from Alameda to Southeast Portland's Ladd's Addition, Sunnyside to Richmond and in the Hansford-Abernethy neighborhood.
Vandals have punctured hundreds of car tires, hitting the sidewalls so the tires can't be repaired. Sometimes the whole side of a car has been scratched up. Convertible tops and motorcycle seats have been slashed and torn.
Portland police claim this is one of the largest rashes of car vandalism they've ever seen. Neighbors estimate the damage at $500,000.
There is currently a $1,000 Crime Stoppers reward out for information leading to an arrest. But neighbors want to see the reward increase to at least $5,000. They also want more police patrols.
“I feel terribly sorry for young families that have to go to work,” said Portland resident Bonnie Bray. “Just the expense is terrible for them, terrible.”
Police said they understand resident frustration. So far detectives have no leads and said they're still trying to figure out if one person or a group of people is behind the crimes and what the motive may be.
Police added that the problem is so widespread, someone has to know something.