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Marion residents worried after string of vehicle vandalisms

Marion auto vandalism

MARION, Va. - People living in Marion Virginia tells us that they are angry and scared after discovering that their vehicles were vandalized while they were sleeping.

One resident is taking matters into his own hands to make sure his property isn't damaged again. "I'm very, very angry. I would like to find out who it is and have them prosecuted," said Samuel Lewis, a victim of the vandalism.

Lewis tells News 5 he woke up around 7:30 Saturday morning to find that his SUV had been vandalized. "I went out to get in my car and I got ready to go to West Virginia, turned around and felt something was wrong. I got out and saw that my tires were flat," said Lewis

Lewis said he was heading out of town to see his son, but instead he ended up at Thompson Tire. They told him that the two tires on the driver's side had been slashed, costing him more than $300 in repairs.

He told News 5 that his vehicle isn't the only one that has been hit by vandals; he said that he's heard of several other similar incidents this week in his Severt Hills Apartment Complex.

The Marion Police Department told News 5 that there have been six reported cases on vandalism in the city over the past month and out of those four involved vehicles.

Lewis told News 5 he has filed a police report and he plans to speak with his landlord Monday as he begins to take precautions so this won't happen to him again. "I'm going to try to talk to her about letting me put my video camera up or keep an eye out for the next week or so, and during the nighttime just to see if I can catch anybody," said Lewis.

The Marion Police department tells News 5 that if your property has been vandalized, leave it alone and contact the police so they can conduct an investigation.

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