Foul-mouthed vandals target Windsor-area vehicles with red spray paint

This car parked on Windsor Road in Oak Bay was one of at least seven vehicles sprayed with sexually vulgar slogans in red paint in the early morning hours of Friday.

Some Windsor Park area residents awoke with a start to the sound of pounding on the door at around 2:45 a.m. Friday.

Among them was Toni Smith, who lives near Monterey Avenue. After she and her husband discovered it was an Oak Bay police officer determined to rouse them, they emerged from their house to find one of their vehicles had been sprayed with profane slogans in red paint.

Smith, who works for News publisher Black Press, spent much of the rest of the night with her husband cleaning off their car and that of their next-door neighbour, which was also targeted.

While incredulous at the senseless nature of the act itself, a weary smith Smith gave full credit to police for acting quickly.

“I just want to say thank you to them for being persistent in getting us up,” she said, adding that the fast action allowed them to clean the paint off before it completely dried.

By mid-morning Friday, police were aware of seven vehicles hit in the area of Monterey, Windsor, plus Transit and Currie roads, said acting Sgt. Dave Prill.

“It was quite surprising. We normally don’t get this kind of vandalism,” he said. “We get the usual tagging on buildings, but this goes beyond what we normally see. They must have just been walking and spraying.”

While much of the vandalism was sprayed freehand, Prill said, Smith’s car had what appeared to be a neatly stencilled slogan painted on it, indicating the acts may have been premeditated.

Police were still searching for a suspect at the News’ deadline. Prill stopped short of blaming youth for the damage – Friday was a pro-D day for schools and Oak Bay High’s grad night.

He did, however, say police responded Thursday to several unrelated incidents involving partying youth.

editor@oakbaynews.com

Just Posted

Ocean swim challenge shines spotlight on Crystal Pool plight

Ultra-marathon swimmer sends tongue-in-cheek invite to Victoria council

Beat the rush: Give the gift of time to the community this holiday season

Volunteer Victoria offers tips for meaningful experiences

West Shore crashes causing delays for morning commuters

Three-vehicle crash on Highway 1 causing some delays along with a fender bender on Wale Road

Sunny skies ahead for Wednesday

Plus a look ahead at your weekend

Sensitive Santa brings patient holiday cheer to Tillicum Centre

Those who need more time with Santa can book a session ahead starting Nov. 19

VIDEO: Ron MacLean says he doesn’t believe former co-host Don Cherry is racist

Sportsnet fired Cherry on Nov. 11, two days after controversial on-air comments during ‘Coach’s Corner’

POLL: Do you plan on making any purchases on Black Friday?

We’ve all seen the images. Shoppers rioting outside of a store in… Continue reading

Trudeau to take sober approach to unveiling new cabinet for minority mandate

Liberals survived a bruising campaign that diminished Trudeau’s stature as a champion of diversity

Lowe’s says it will close 34 ‘underperforming’ stores across six provinces

The stores include 26 Ronas, six Lowe’s and two Reno-Depots

B.C. to advocate for frustrated, confused, unhappy cellphone users, says premier

Maple Ridge New Democrat Bob D’Eith to advocate for more affordable and transparent cellphone options

‘Our culture is not a religion,’ indigenous educator tells B.C. Supreme Court in case of smudging at school

Mother also gave evidence Tuesday in Nanaimo courtroom, case continues Wednesday

‘Very disrespectful’: B.C. first responder irked by motorists recording collisions on cellphones

Central Cariboo Search and Rescue deputy chief challenges motorists to break the habit

Daily cannabis linked to reduction in opioid use: B.C. researchers

Researchers looked at a group of 1,152 people in Vancouver who reported substance use and chronic pain

Most Read