The Aiken Department of Public Safety is investigating multiple cases of vandalism that happened earlier this week at an apartment complex on Silver Bluff Road.
Between Monday and Tuesday, there were eight reports of vehicles being damaged at Dexter Arms, according to Public Safety reports.
The first incident was reported about 6 p.m. Monday. The victim told an officer that one tire had been damaged and flattened. While on the scene, the officer found that five other vehicles had been damaged in front of one of the apartment buildings, and some of the vehicles had multiple tires flattened.
One of the vehicles had large scratches on the hood and trunk in the shape of a Swastika, according to the report.
On Tuesday, an officer was called to the apartments about 8 p.m. and found that a front tire on a vehicle was flat from a puncture, according to the report.
The last incident was reported an hour later, according to the report. The victim told officers one of the front tires on her vehicle was flat, and that she saw several “suspicious” juveniles in the area.
Aiken Public Safety placed the complex on extra patrol.
A spokesperson for the complex said letters have been sent to residents informing them of what happened and asking them to be alert. “Preventing those random acts of malicious injury is extremely difficult,” said Sgt. Jake Mahoney of Aiken Public Safety. “When possible, park in well-lit areas.”
Mahoney encouraged residents to activate their vehicle security systems, if their vehicle is equipped with one.
“The biggest thing is be observant and aware of individuals in your neighborhoods, and contact Public Safety or law enforcement if they do observe anyone loitering in their parking lots or between their buildings,” Mahoney said, “especially during the late evening and early morning hours.”
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime beat for the Aiken Standard. He is a graduate of Clemson University and hails from Williston.
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