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Hastings residents react to recent vandalism
Car vandals within the last few days are frustrating area Hastings residents. Vandals have been reported on the 600 Block of North Bellevue, the eleven hundred block of West 7th St, and the 700 Block of North Lexington.
The spree has left residents concerned.
"Got home Sunday night about 12:30, came out the next morning about 6:30 and had a flat tire and punctured hole in the side wall, marks on the truck and carvings in another vehicle," said Byran Resser.
Byran Resser purchased this truck two weeks ago.
"Pretty big dent in trying to change tires, that's an unexpected expense you don't plan on doing on a new vehicle," said Resser.
Resser has lived here for five years and says this hasn't happened before but lately activity in his area has increased.
"I don't think we're going to ever know who did it. So many people come and go through back here. It's just something that's going to happen. We're going to have to deal with it and kind of move on, hope they find somebody or hope it stops soon," said Resser.
Resser isn't the only victim.
"Both tires front and back on both of our cars' driver side were slashed and then my husband walks down the street and sees at least one tire on every car on the street," said Andrea Dieken.
While, vandalism isn't an extreme crime for Andrea it's a huge inconvenience.
"It's not completely personal,but it is. My 3 month old child rides in my car and if he gets sick and I have to take him somewhere and I can't because someone is heartless then what am I supposed to do?" Dieken said.
No one wants to walk outside of their home just to find their car vandalized, their tires slashed, or windows broken out, but what makes this situation unique is, it's happened night after night, and from block to block, raising concerns for citizens.
"Things cost so much today that whenever you do have destructive vandalism it's not a little issue it's a big issue," said Jim Jackson.
Jim Jackson is a concerned citizen hoping he isn't in line for the next vandalism spree.
"We're just not used to having a lot of vandalism in Hastings and then to have it be destructive vandalism that's a concern," said Jackson.
"Is it going to stop at just tires? Is my windows going to be busted out, where I have to worry about glass or is someone going to mess with my fuel tank?" said Dieken.
The police department has only directed victims to their insurance companies.
Hastings Police didn't provide much information when contacted Tuesday.
Sergeant Baldwin tells News 5 there are no leads in the case. Whether it's been fully investigated is unknown.
A couple of weeks ago, purses were stolen out of cars at the Smith Softball Complex in Hastings. No arrests were made in the that incident.
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