$3000 bill after car vandalism spree

This car was one of seven attacked in Colac vandalism spree.

A COLAC woman is facing a $3000 repair bill after vandals keyed her car during an overnight spree.

Police are investigating seven vandal attacks on cars parked on McLeod and Richmond streets in the space of 12 hours.

Pauline Wheeler was among the victims who awoke yesterday to discover their cars damaged.

“I couldn’t believe it – it wasn’t just someone walking past with a key, it was someone who had stopped and scratched the bonnet, the roof and the driver’s side excessively and scratched it down to the metal,” Ms Wheeler said.

“They’ve even punched the roof because there are dints in it,” she said.

“My son came in from his morning paper round and said ‘Mum you should see what’s happened to the car’, you just don’t expect that sort of thing to happen – I was shattered.”

Ms Wheeler urged people to contact police if their cars had received damage.

“I’m not the only one who it happened to and there may be more who haven’t come forward to police, so I want to encourage them to come forward so the police can catch whoever’s responsible,” she said.

“They shouldn’t be able to get away with it, it reminds me of that time last year when a group of people went down all of Wilson Street drawing graffiti on homes and people’s property, it was shocking.”

Colac’s Sergeant Murray Matthews said police were searching for the offenders.

“This wasn’t an accidental thing, it was clearly deliberate and has caused quite a lot of damage,” Sgt Matthews said.

He said the cars were parked on the streets during the vandal attacks.

“It’s not part of a continuing problem, it’s just come out of the blue,” he said.

“We believe the incidents happened between 7pm and midnight on Monday night, so if anyone saw anything suspicious between those periods they should come and see us.”

2 Responses to “$3000 bill after car vandalism spree”

  1. a fellow listener

    This is disgusting . no respect what so ever – i know where ever you go there is trouble…but it appears colac has a lot more trouble than most places! Maybe if the courts didn’t just give a slap on the wrist but instead forced community service or BETTER yet, BOOT CAMP we wouldn’t have so much theft and crime in our streets!!! i say bring in the BOOT CAMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Ex Resident

    i grew up in Colac and it used to be a great place to live, now it seems that there is an epidemic of trouble makers (mainly gangs of young males) in this once great town…..speaking to friends who still live there, they are of the same opinion and say that i gets worse by the week, i only come to Colac now maybe 4 times per year and you can tell by the type of people walkng the streets that this place has changed……and people thought Moe was bad..