At least 23 cars were vandalized, with some damaged beyond repair, in suburban Brookfield, leaving residents wondering who is behind the mayhem.
According to authorities, the vandals used bricks and concrete pavers to smash into cars, and for some residents, including Paul Braun, the implements of destruction came from their very own lawns.
“It’s from my strawberry garden,” Braun said of the brick paver used to smash the window of his wife’s SUV. “That kind of adds insult to injury doesn’t it? Kind of gets my blood pressure up a little bit.”
Between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m., Brookfield police say they saw what amounts to a vandalism spree along Maple from 31st Street to 36th Street.
“We discovered the first one at 3:43 a.m., and we have been taking reports ever since,” Brookfield Police Lieutenant James Burdett said.
According to authorities, the acts of vandalism appear to have been conducted at random, with no specific targets.
Despite the random nature of the incidents, police say there are plenty of victims, and plenty of evidence, to help them in their search for the culprit.
“It’s upsetting,” Braun said. “This is a good neighborhood, and to have this (is awful). It’s totally ruined some people’s cars.”
Anyone with information on the vandalism spree is encouraged to call Brookfield police.