Detectives searching for suspects after 20 cars painted, dented in Hamilton vandalism spree

HAMILTON, Ohio -- Nearly 20 cars in southeast Hamilton were sprayed and tagged with inappropriate images last week, sending police on a hunt for those responsible.

Vehicles were painted in the 300 block and 400 block of Chase Avenue, the 2400 block of Freeman Avenue, the 3000 block of Griesmer Avenue, the 800 block of Brough Avenue, the 500 block of Laurel Avenue, the 300 block of Williams Avenue and the 200 block of Fairview Avenue.

A vehicle in the 2200 block of Elmo Avenue also had its convertible cut and its side door scratched.

Victims of the vandalism say they're shocked and want justice.

"They have no respect for other people's property," said Hamilton Police Department Sgt. Ed Buns. "They think it's funny. They think it's cute. They think it's a game."

Buns said damaging someone else's property is something the Hamilton police refuse to allow.

"When you've got (20 affected) vehicles, it's people doing it just because they want to do it," Buns said.

Hamilton resident James Louis said he woke up the morning of June 13 to find painted drawings all over his SUV -- and on several other cars where he lives on Freeman Avenue.

He said he immediately sprung into action.

"I see the paint and I start cleaning my car," Louis said.

Even though he was able to get the paint off, he said he still wants whoever did it to face justice.

Buns said detectives investigating the case are working with about 52 leads and are confident they will find those responsible.

"I've been doing this 33 years, people are always on the street," Buns said. "I don't care if it's the sleepiest little bedroom community or downtown New York. Somebody saw something."

If you have any information about these crimes, officers ask that you call the Hamilton Police Department at 513-868-5811.

Detective Paul Davis is currently handling this case.

Mekialaya White, 9 On Your Side, contributed to this report.

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