How to deal with vandalisms??
I'm writing this at 3AM because a cop knocked on our door and was asking if I was the manager of the apartment. I said no and pointed him to the manager's room. They were trying to check on something--car break in. Seems that a call was made saying some people were doing something at around 1:30AM, and that somebody was breaking into somebody's car.
So I go out and grab my car keys to check. Two guys, around 20-25 years old, were handcuffed, three cruisers were parked on our apartment's driveway. I asked one of the cops what's going on and he said what I've mentioned above. I asked if I could check our cars and he said go ahead. The Benz is fine, but my mom's car (1992 Corolla) had the rear driverside window smashed but not shattered (cracks, with a low point of impact near window sill). Turns out it was the same door I was working on just this afternoon. No other car was damaged. This apartment complex has over 70 parking slots since my mom's parking slot is #69. The Corolla was parked at the back of the complex, my Benz is parked near the gate up front.
Rewind a bit: This afternoon, my mom asked if I could fix her dent by taking out the inner door panel and pushing it outwards to "undent" it. When I accidentally broke something (inside door handle) I called my mom about it and somebody might have overheard. I remember seeing one person I know, who lives on the 2nd floor above our room, asking what's going on with my mom's car. I told him I'm just fixing it. But I couldn't fix the dent, so I installed everything back into place again.
While I was still tinkering with it, I saw this one other person (I don't know him by name) who was looking into the car, and to what I was doing, and when I checked to see who it was, I noticed he followed me with his eyes as he walked towards the rear of the apartment complex. He looked like the Honda S2000 owner (see below). But that's not 100% sure.
Everyday I see this black Honda S2000 in our complex but he is not a tenant. He has a group of friends who hangs out here. Especially at night, or after midnight. The owner of the S2000 was one of those in handcuffs (there were two). They were caught because the other one (not the Honda owner) was inside his Honda Civic, maybe just hanging out (after midnight!). And the owner of the S2000 was with him, since the car was parked nearby.
A few months ago, I was entering our driveway going back home. I see the S2000 waiting in front of the gate for somebody to click it open using the gate remote. Out of the blue I looked into his rearview mirror. He looked back in such a manner as to say "What are you looking at?"
He drives his Honda over bumps as if it were an F1 car, going around bumps diagonally to avoid hitting the underside. Seems to be the type of guy who's careful of himself and his toy. I also saw him one time helping somebody whose battery ran out and had to jump the car. He was in his S2000 and was revving the engine high as his exhaust note was very loud. "Thanks man. Appreciate it," said the owner of the troubled Chevy with the dead battery.
This Honda Civic owner, however, always gives me a look that indicates angst. Like saying, "Hey you." I'm the type of person who looks at everybody, seeing if they look back, how they respond, etc. I try to befriend whoever I can in this complex so as to avoid any conflicts whatsoever. Or at least I know who is who, who drives what, what they're doing, etc. Once, I even said "Nice car" to the S2000 owner.
I always see him (Civic owner) at night, sometimes in the late afternoon. But never in the morning. Also, his Honda Civic that was identified by the officers as the car he was sitting in when they accosted him has been parked there for months already. I never saw it leave the apartment complex since around July. I even see it gather dust with all sorts of words written using the fingers. The car was his, but he did not have a current registration for it so maybe that's why he didn't drive it.
He was also the one they took into the cruiser.
Back to just a few minutes ago: I asked the officers for an incident report and they gave me a copy of the yellow paper indicating which number I should call.
Turns out that the Honda Civic owner had been caught in possession of pot and a "tube" ("meth" is what I heard). The S2000 owner was set free.
I don't know this next paragraph's relevance but: A few months ago this guy named Rene complained to this same circle of friends, who meet around past midnight, that they were noisy and he (Rene) couldn't sleep. Next thing he knows, all four tires of his Acura were slashed and these were brand new ones, the rims were just bought alongside the tires. He immediately prepared to leave in search for a safer apartment complex. Not only that, the Toyota Tundra of another neighbor has been keyed from front fender to the bed itself.
Now, what should I do? Our insurance only has 3rd party liability. How much do you think it would cost to fix the window of our 1992 Corolla? In the meantime I'll tape it up tomorrow with plastic to ensure it's "somehow safe" rather than have it shatter all over and cover my mom in shards. I remember the officer telling me that they cannot get fingerprints since nothing was taken, and it was just a vandalism. To quote the officer, "Stupid acts of vandalism."
On the car seems to be two fresh marks. The Corolla is parked under the sky, so condensation should cover it up entirely. But there are two marks that seem to be really dark. We parked it at around 6:30PM, after having plastic bottles and aluminum cans recycled. So between 6:30PM and 1AM the condensation could have set in and filled up the entire car, and any previous marks would have been covered as well.
Do you think that the S2000 owner would call up his friends here and maybe target any of us who saw them cuffed? Maybe vandalize our cars? We've already been spending alot for car repairs since I had an accident last October 5 that cost above $1000. I hope repairing this won't cost too much. Switching to another apartment would be hard and perhaps difficult with our current situation. The officers told me they'll keep patrolling the area once in a while to keep an eye on anything. This is not the first time cruisers were in here.
Any help would be appreciated. Will take pics early tomorrow morning for documentation. Thank you for reading this lengthy post.