Vandals damage cars in Greenwood

Standing in her driveway, a Greenwood woman counted about seven other cars along her street that had the front or back windshields shattered.

India Rozzel lives inside the Clearbrook Lakes subdivision on Harrison Drive, where she and fellow residents were victims of vandalism during the weekend.

But Clearbrook Lakes wasn’t the only neighborhood where cars parked along the street had windshields smashed with a baseball bat. Greenwood police were called to three other subdivisions for the same report of busted windshields. As many as 14 cars were vandalized early Saturday morning in four subdivisions near Averitt and Stop 18 roads, and Smith Valley and Honey Creek roads.

Just off of Honey Creek Road, inside the Woodfield subdivision, two vehicles had back windshields busted out on Apryl and Woodfield drives. Police also were called to the Barton Lakes subdivision, south of Stop 18 Road, where two more cars had back windshields shattered on Blue Lake and Day Break drives, according to police reports.

And just off of Smith Valley Road, inside the Brandywine subdivision, four cars were damaged, according to the police reports.

“It’s really too bad. This is a nice quiet neighborhood where people, neighbors watch out for each other,” Brandywine resident Kenneth Helton said. “For me, this is probably a $20 fix. But everyone else, they’re probably paying into the hundreds of dollars.”

Helton’s pickup truck was parked in front of his house along Leatherwood Drive. A portion of his back windshield was busted out Friday night. But about 10 houses down the street, Cindy White and her husband woke up Saturday morning to find the windshield on their car busted in, resulting in an expensive fix.

White and her husband have lived at their home for about 18 years and have never experienced vandalism like this, White said.

At Rozzel’s home in Clearbrook Lakes, two cars were hit early Saturday morning, Rozzel said. Rozzel’s daughter and her boyfriend didn’t have their windows completely shattered, but the damage done by the bat was enough that each will have to have the windshield replaced, Rozzel said.

“Seven cars on our street alone and they hit Richard’s windshield twice. It’s awful,” Rozzel said. “I don’t understand why this is going on in our neighborhood. This isn’t the first time. It’s getting worse and worse.”

When Richard Warren went out to his car and saw the damage, he immediately knew it would require a windshield replacement, he said.

“Greenwood is a great place to live. Whoever did this probably thought they were goofing off and it was funny,” Warren said. “People need to take care of the community and not go around vandalizing things and act in ways that harm other people.”

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Corey Elliot is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at or 317-736-2719.