30 cars vandalized, tagged with gang names - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

30 cars vandalized, tagged with gang names

GD, or Gangster Disciples, and Crips are both names of gangs (Source: WMC Action News 5) GD, or Gangster Disciples, and Crips are both names of gangs (Source: WMC Action News 5)
MPD said this could be the car the vandals drove while committing the crimes. (Source: MPD) MPD said this could be the car the vandals drove while committing the crimes. (Source: MPD)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Approximately 30 cars were vandalized Thursday morning in a Memphis neighborhood.

Memphis Police Department said they've counted 30 vehicles that have been spray painted on Hopewell Road in the Colonial Acres neighborhood.

About 1.5 miles away, WMC Action News 5 crews found multiple cars with gang names spray painted on their doors and bumpers.

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Leah Gann woke up around 5:30 a.m. Thursday at her home expecting to drive her car to work. Instead somebody had done some work on her car and spray painted it with the gang letters.

"I was in complete disbelief." Gann said. "I had to sit there and just look at it for a second like is this actually real."

Another vandalism victim said police told him at least 40 cars were spray painted overnight.

"Why would they tag my car?" Matthew Lopez, who lives in the Cherry Gardens Apartments said. "I've done nothing to nobody. I keep to myself.  That was my feeling. Why me?"

Gann said the vandalism is an unfortunate expense. With money tight, she does not know how she'll pay to fix the damage to her car, especially since she's working up to 80 hours a week to try and pay it off.

"I was completely shocked," Gann said. "I felt safe to walk down the street around here with the current thing happening it really makes me think twice about it."

Gann plans to install cameras outside of her home so nobody else damages her vehicle. 

MPD said the acts of vandalism happened on Helene, Amboy, Dearing, Hopewell, Boyce, Jamaica, and Atwood. Surveillance video captured a four-door car; investigators believe the vandals were in that car. 

Anyone with information about who may be responsible should contact Memphis Police Department at 901-545-2677(COPS).

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