GRANDVIEW, Mo. — Police are investigating after dozens of people reported damaged cars Tuesday morning.
Detectives said they located a stolen vehicle, which led them to a number of break-ins at apartment complexes in the community.
Police released video of one of the crimes. It shows a silver pickup truck driving slowly through a parking lot at an apartment building. You can watch it in the video player at the top of the page.
The surveillance video shows the truck stop. Someone gets out and walks up to a white Mustang parked nearby. The person quickly breaks the passenger-side window and leans in to steal something from the car.
Officers said they have already taken about 40 reports of broken car windows and items missing from vehicles.
“I’ve been here well over 30 years, and it’s not something I’ve ever seen,” GPD Detective Sergeant Dean Van Winkle said.
Van Winkle says a stolen vehicle investigation led them to the burglaries.
“This is a lot different than normal car vandalism and maybe somebody breaking into a car to rummage through,” Van Winkle said. “This is not something you see where you have this many cars in a general area broken into or vandalized.”
Quinae Williams said she woke up Tuesday to her driver’s side window shattered.
“I’m just really sad because I’m without a car currently, trying to stay positive, but how am I going to get some food for dinner tonight?”
Williams’ Grand Summit Apartments neighbor, Kaitlynn Mays, believes someone tried to get into her gas tank.
“I have scratches all right here, and then this was all the way open,” Mays said. “I’m a little violated. Even though nothing happened, I still feel violated.”
Officers say cars at the nearby Fairways at Grand Summit Apartments and Briarwood Gardens Apartments were also targeted.
“That’s not OK,” Williams said. “40 cars? That’s a lot of people who have to pay for damages.”
Investigators ask anyone who has video of the overnight crimes happening, or has any additional information about the crimes, to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS and provide the details.
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