Vandals damage cars for thrill in Midtown


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Updated: 9/02/2013 9:48 pm Published: 9/02/2013 9:36 pm


Vandals with weapons around Midtown Tulsa are smashing windows, denting cars and stealing purses.

Tulsa police report at least 20 cars reported to be vandalized overnight Sunday into Monday between East 41st Street and South Yale Avenue to East 11th Street and South Peoria Avenue.

"Someone at random just decides, 'oh let's go have fun and smash windows in' and we get to be the lucky winner," said Michelle Butler.

She lives near East 41st Street and South Yale Avenue, and woke up to an officer at her door alerting her to a smashed window on her husband's Ford Bronco.

"He is not happy and it makes my day not fun," said Butler.

FOX23 News went to the Florence Park South neighborhood near East 21st Street and South Harvard Avenue, and found windows on CJ Bacon's Honda Civic smashed.

"Man, this isn't any good," said Bacon.

Near East 11th Street and South Delaware Avenue, Brian Copeland had his passenger-side window bashed in.

"I didn't find a rock, or a brick out here," said Copeland.

On Bacon's car, there was an imprint from what appears to be a heavy tool.

"It looks like a crowbar or some type of tire tool," said Bacon.

Police report in one case a purse was stolen but the victims FOX23 News spoke to had their windows damaged and nothing stolen from their car.

"Didn't take anything just wanted to beat on it," said Butler.

It's happening in different midtown neighborhoods with no apparent rhyme or reason.

"Why the van, why the Acura, why the Ford Bronco? Just why?" said Butler.

Some of the vehicles were parked on the street and others seemingly safe in the driveway.

"I don't see how they could have fun smashing people's windows," said Bacon.

Notices on the Tulsa Midtown Alert Neighbor Facebook page connected more cases across Tulsa and information about surveillance video from a neighbor near East 21st Street and South Florence Place.

FOX23 News obtained a copy of the video. Police reviewed it and found around 4:52 a.m. Monday the vandals were driving a red or maroon SUV.

"It's wrong and it's sad," said Butler.

In most cases, the owners are paying for the repairs without the help of insurance.

"Why do this? I mean why do this to someone, just because you are going out and having fun don't make other people's lives miserable just so you could have fun," said Bacon.

Police are gathering evidence and taking reports. They recommend you report this vandalism online at tulsapolice.org.

If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS (2677) or text a tip to "CRIMES" (274637) and begin your message with "TIP918" or you can submit a tip online at www.tipsubmit.com. Remember you never have to give your name and your tip could lead to a cash reward.

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goodwinboi - 9/17/2013 4:51 PM
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What a pathetic world. If the idiots popping out all these damn kids would actually be parents and teach them right MAYBE this wouldnt happen as much.

WyoMoe - 9/3/2013 9:35 AM
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Welcome to Tulsa! Hey Dewey, what are you doing about this????

lilbacon - 9/3/2013 1:50 AM
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This is insane!! I'm stationed in germany and get a call from my brother cj bacon and he's saying his Windows got smashed in!! It isn't right... they should get some compensation so they arent payin outta their own pocket to get this fixed when they didn't have a nything to do with it!!!
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