SUNDERLAND, Mass (WWLP) - The western Massachusetts town of Sunderland woke up Sunday morning outraged after some 40 vehicles throughout the Franklin County community were vandalized in the overnight hours.
22News spoke with some of the victims that had a hard time understanding how someone could violate the entire community on such a scale of disregard.
"Why would they do something like this like especially the whole community, I don't know...." said Xian Guan of Sunderland.
About 40 vehicles had their tires punctured and flattened in the overnight hours in the areas of Squire Village Apartments and Silver Lane, according to Officer Brenda Tozloski of the Sunderland Police Department. But more reports from victims were coming into dispatch throughout the day.
"Very annoying experience. I woke up to hear a tow truck towing another car looked out and saw about five or six cars," said Crystal Sheffield of Sunderland.
"Personally I've never seen anything like this. It's pretty remarkable that someone would go and do this to people," said Christian Connelly of Ernie's Towing, Amherst.
Many of the people that had their tires punctured in Squire Village Apartments are graduate students that say they're living on a fixed income, and it not only causes them an inconvenience, but also an immense financial burden.
All vehicles had between 1 to 4 tires destroyed and all together police estimate that total damages are between 6 to $10,000 for replacements.
Police also say it looks like a power tool could have been used to make the punctures.
One man told 22News not only was all four tires of his car deflated, but his oil filter was punctured as well, leaving a pool of oil on the ground. Most of the victims just want someone held accountable.
"I'm kind of in shock. I need four new tires, and I'm a graduate student and so I wonder how I'm going to pay for them. And I hope that they find the person who did it so he can be held responsible for it because its a lot of money and a lot of tires," said Brittany DeRonde of Sunderland.
The police department says they have leads on a possible suspect and will be following up on them. If anyone saw anything unusual that night that may help they are asked to call the Sunderland Police Department at 413-665-7036.