‘It’s not a safe neighborhood’: West Ridge resident finds her car windows smashed and others nearby


CHICAGO (SCS) — Broken glass everywhere.

Car after car with smashed windows in West Ridge. CBS 2’s Shardaa Gray unveils surveillance video that caught the vandals in the act.

Left speechless, Lisa Garcia finds her front passenger window shattered.

“I just moved here because my husband just passed away,” Garcia said.

Chicago police said between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. Monday morning, several cars parked along Kedzie between Touhy and Pratt were broken into, particularly on the passenger-side window.

Drivers must now find broken glass inside their car.

“I thought it was just me, and then I was surprised everyone came. And then this one too. And they said to the other one, it’s his third time,” said Garcia.

While police said it appears nothing was taken, Garcia said the person pulled something out of their car.

“I think they were trying to start the engine. I think it’s a child. They took my laptop. I didn’t know because I put it inside, but they opened this one- there,” she said.

Surveillance video from an apartment complex just across the street captures a person crossing the street and smashing windows.

The video shows two people walking with bicycles. One of them crosses the street, ducks behind a car. A car passes, the person hides behind another car. Garcia now says she is concerned about the community.

“I think it’s not a safe neighborhood,” Garcia said.


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