Victims react to string of vandalisms

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) – A number of people woke up to their cars covered in graffiti Monday morning.

Waterloo Police say the incidents could be related because of their locations and similarity in the paint used.

“I felt violated,” said Randall Fox, a Waterloo resident. Fox’s truck was covered in blue and orange spray paint in random patterns.

“My first thought was ‘had I wronged somebody? Did somebody have something against me?'” said Fox. “I hate to think that I made somebody mad enough to do that to me.”

There are still remnants of that graffiti on several parts of Fox’s truck. He said he and his wife spent all of Monday afternoon scrubbing it.

Nancy Hanks, another victim, actually found a fingerprint on her car. Police say that doesn’t guarantee an arrest.

“If its young children or young kids who haven’t been arrested and fingerprinted, it’s going to come back to nothing,” said Major Joe Leibold with Waterloo Police.

However, Hanks is still hopeful.

“I hope it gets them. I really hope it gets them for everybody’s sake. Cause mine was pretty easy to clean off,” said Hanks.

Hanks was actually the one to suggest to Fox that he use mineral spirits to clean his truck.

“It works but it takes a lot of elbow grease,” said Fox.

He said he’s not sure why it happened, and he’s not particularly concerned with figuring it out.

“I don’t if it had any connection with youngsters being out of school and just cruising for something to do or what. You know, I’m not going to try and figure it out. I’m just glad that I was able to get the vast majority of it off,” said Fox.

Police suggest anyone in the area take a closer look at their own cars.

Taylor Vessel

Taylor Vessel

Multimedia Reporter
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