Vancouver police say they are looking for one person responsible for damaging at least 78 vehicles on Vancouver’s west side over the past few months.
Police say since the beginning of March, they have received reports from owners of their parked vehicles being damaged overnight in Kitsilano, Dunbar and Kerrisdale.
“The cost associated to these crimes that we have reported so far is well over 100-thousand dollars,” said Vancouver Police Department (VPD) Const. Jason Doucette.
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“Owners have reported that various designs have been etched into the paint of their vehicles. They’ve described the damage to their vehicle as the letter Z, the letters M, and some have had smiley faces on them.”
Other owners have reported their soft-top-roofs being slashed, and several have had their car emblems stolen.
The latest incident occurred just this past weekend in the Dunbar area where several cars were scratched up.
“Our crime analysts have identified what appears to be five separate crime sprees. Property crime detectives are working on the investigation and other than purposely damaging these vehicles, there is no clear motive,” Doucette said.
“We are working with property owners in the affected areas and are encouraging residents to report suspicious activity to 911 immediately.”
Investigators have now released security footage of a person damaging a parked car on May 31 near West 12th Avenue and MacDonald Street.
The video shows the suspect concealing his identity while purposely scratching the paint and cutting the roof of a convertible.
Detectives are asking for anyone with dash-cam video who was driving in the area of West 37th Avenue and MacKenzie Street between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. this past Monday to contact them.
Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to contact the investigators at 604-717-0613 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.