ODU police investigate string of car vandalism

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Old Dominion University police are looking for people who vandalized a number of cars over the weekend.

Police say the incidents happened between 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 4:30 p.m. Sunday on 40th Street, 42nd Street, a campus parking lot on 48th Street and Powhatan Avenue.

“I’ve been in this neighborhood two and a half years, going on three years. I’ve never been subjected to vandalism before until early Sunday morning. Rude awakening,” said Lambert’s Point resident Tiffany Foster.

Foster says her car was keyed a long with a number of other vehicles.

Nathan Green, Foster’s neighbor, and his wife Dalia Pace also had their cars damaged.

“My leather seats were ripped up with a knife of some other sharp instrument. My car tires were popped. My wife’s car was keyed. We both got our cars about three days ago due to the storms. It was very frustrating,” Green said.

Pace and Green say neighbors knocked on their door on Sunday morning and their stomachs dropped when they heard the news. The couple says they had put on car covers the night before when they saw a party in progress on the street.

“They were rowdy. There were people in the street. We were like, ‘We’ll put our car covers on to be pre-cautious,'” Pace said.

Pace said their car covers were shredded. The couple is upset — not only about the damage, but the costs.They’re trying to afford college. Both are seniors at Old Dominion and are members of the Army ROTC program.

“I’m angry because I can’t budget for this. I can’t predict things like this happening. It’s just frustrating to know we just got our cars and have to pay over $1,000,” Green said.

Residents are hoping ODU police can find out who did the crime to stop it from happening again.

“This doesn’t make sense. It has to stop. People work hard to get things they want and when you get things you want, this stuff happens,” said Foster.

If you have any information about these crimes, you’re asked to contact the Old Dominion Police Department at 757-683-4000.