More than 20 cars vandalized in downtown parking garage

Early Thursday morning, more than 20 cars in a parking garage linked to the Peabody Hotel and Peabody Place were vandalized and broken into.

Victims said some of the items stolen were priceless, such as medical files of 80 patients, containing private information that were taken from one car.

Hours after the damage was done, car owners were still jacking up their vehicles to replace flat tires.  Many of the cars damaged had license plates that start with a "J" which means the car belongs to a judge, many of whom are in town for a convention.

Police officials said that hand and fingerprints left on the cars would aid them in their investigation into who vandalized the cars.  Security camera installed inside the parking garage could also aid in the investigation.

Samuel Dixon, one of the victims of the vandalism, expressed dismay that there was not more security in the garage.

"If you 're paying someone to park your car here, you would think they would have someone secure it," he said, "and make sure they were not broken into."

Authorities said anyone with information about the vandalism should call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH.