COOKEVILLE, Tenn.- Police in Putnam County are looking for vandals who spray painted vehicles. At least two dozen cars, trucks and SUVs were damaged.
The vandalism happened in Cookeville and victims are still working to remove paint from their cars. Police said sometime late at night or early in the morning on Tuesday vandals damaged nearly two dozen vehicles in Shanna Redmon's neighborhood.
"I was surprised. We usually don't have that stuff in this neighborhood," said Redmon.
The vandals took a spray paint can and drew a line from one end of the street to the other. Some folks removed the paint pretty easily. Others like Mary Turner had trouble. You could still see a faint pink streak on her Toyota Corolla.
"How hard is it to get the stuff off of there? Hard. Scrub, scrub, scrub," she said.
Neighbors used all kinds of chemicals to try and remove the paint, but Cookeville auto mechanic Phil Martin says there's a better solution.
"I recommend the clay bar. It's a gray piece of clay. You just wet it with water. You keep going over it and then re-wax the car afterwards," said Martin.
He says it won't hurt the finish of the paint or the clear coat.
Kenneth Hunter removed the paint from his car. Now, he wants the vandals caught. He and most others think teenagers are responsible.
"If its kids, make them do some work and have them pay for it," said Hunter.
There have been some repair estimates running as high as $500. Cookeville Police took several reports, but so far there have been no arrests.