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Cars damaged in Christmas Day vandalism spree

READING, Pa. - A Reading neighborhood is looking for answers after someone vandalized roughly a dozen cars on Christmas morning.

Police haven't made any arrests, but people who live in the 700 block of Mulberry Street are holding out hope that they will.

The victims said they woke up excited about Christmas, but all the damage was overwhelming.
Shattered glass still sat on the ground and inside Arisleyda Medrano's car on Tuesday.

"And I said, 'Oh my God. My car. Why my car?'" she said.

Medrano was just one of the people who said they woke up to find their cars damaged. She said she didn't hear anything when it happened, but couldn't miss it once she stepped outside.

"When I got up to go to the supermarket and I come downstairs and say, 'Wait a minute. That's my car,' and I see everything is broken. You see the door and the glass," Medrano said.

Neighbors said they don't think there was a specific target. Instead, they think it happened just because the cars were there.

Rodolpho Berovides said he saw the man responsible and chased him away.

"Christmas Day, he was just going berserk, doing all that," he said.

Right after the vandalism, Berovides said he saw about 10 cars with broken side mirrors and windows on both sides of the street. Neighbors said, based on the other items scattered around the ground, they believe the person responsible used a chair to cause some of the damage.

"It was a big brick and broken chairs and all that stuff where he had went up and down the street raising havoc," said Walter Grantham, whose car wasn't damaged.

Many of the cars have been moved, but some of the ones left have a little patch work. As for Medrano's car, it sits how she found it. She expects it'll make it hard to get to work or take her child to school. She said her insurance won't cover the damage.

When asked what Medrano would say to the person responsible, she jokingly replied, "Well, thank you for the gift."


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