Vandals cut brake lines, graffiti homes at country club in Woodburn

Vandals cut brake lines, graffiti homes at country club in Woodburn »Play Video
Photo by Bob Heye, KATU News

WOODBURN, Ore. – The Woodburn Police Department is looking for suspects after someone cut brake lines from three vehicles and spray-painted dozens of homes in a Woodburn senior community early Saturday morning.

City of Woodburn spokesman Jason Horton said homes and cars on the south side of Senior Estates Golf and Country Club, a 55-and-older community, were vandalized between midnight and 6 a.m. on Saturday. The graffiti appeared to be random in nature, Horton said.

Neighbors told KATU that the suspects also removed lug nuts from four vehicles so the wheels would fall off when they were driving. Dave Griffee said he found the lug nuts missing from his car after he saw what happened to his neighbor.

"He backed his truck up and the wheel just fell off," said Griffee. "That's serious stuff."

Two other vehicles had electrical wiring cut, police said.

People in the quiet neighborhood were shocked that this kind of vandalism and damage could happen where they live.

"The graffiti, you know, we can live with that. We can paint over it," said neighbor Chuck Johnson. "But when they start jeopardizing the safety of people by cutting brake lines and doing things like that, that's really going over the top."

Police found three cans of spray paint that they collected as evidence. There are no suspect descriptions at this time.

Anyone with information about the suspect or suspects is asked to call Woodburn police at 503-982-2345. A $500 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest in the case, police said.

KATU's Bob Heye contributed to this story.