DOWAGIAC, Mich. – Someone caused hundreds of dollars worth of damage at a lakeside community just outside Dowagiac.
They slashed the tires and in at least one case, the vandals knocked off a side view mirror. It's petty crime, but one woman says she hopes it doesn't escalate to something worse.
Elizabeth Evans says it all started Wednesday night when she woke up to people making noise outside.
"I came out and looked around a little bit and didn't see any damage to the other cars, but then I did hear the yelling again, almost seemed like laughing, then I heard you could tell someone accelerated really quickly and sped away," Evans said.
She couldn't see the color of the car, but believes it was an SUV.
Her son discovered the damage Thursday morning.
"This looks like someone scratched the car and then both of the tires," Evans said.
The vandals slashed the passenger side tires on a car. Evans is trying to sell that car.
"I'm disappointed. It's costly. It costs money, the vandalism, to file a claim on vehicles," she said.
A sergeant with the Cass County Sheriff's Department says vandals damaged at least four cars in Twin Lakes. He says it appears they targeted cars at random, and so far, there are no suspects. But to whomever did this, Evans has a simple message.
"Have respect for other people's property and not damage people's belongings, and then the laughing I heard, it's a lot of disrespect," she said.
Cass County deputies planned to increase patrols in this area Thursday night, but some neighbors like Evans wish they would patrol the area more every night.
"It's fearful; I'm a little bit fearful," she said.
Sheriff's deputies encourage neighbors to remain vigilant. Evans says she hopes neighbors will be more aware about what's going on and can help look after each other's property.