Vandals Take the Air Out of the New Year for a Southeast Wichita Neighborhood

By: Jason Tarr Email
By: Jason Tarr Email

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Danny Caylor and his wife had just turned onto their street at about 8 p.m. after going out to dinner when they saw something that made them nervous.

"Soon as we pulled up I knew something had to be wrong there," Caylor said.

The tires on his neighbor's car were virtually flat. Then he saw his own vehicle he'd left at home.

"We pulled in and we saw our tires were flat," Caylor said. "We noticed our neighbors out down the street looking at their cars."

As the news spread, within minutes neighbors on Glen Oaks Drive, just off of Hillside in southeast Wichita, determined six cars had been vandalized. Eleven tires had been slashed in all. Vandals had also broken out some of the car windows and even the front window of a house.

Neighbors who witnessed some of the vandalism say it was a group of local kids, between age 9 and 14, who were unsupervised and got into mischief.

"I've been violated you know," Caylor said. "The whole neighborhood has been violated."

Family after family on Glen Oaks are now faced with hundreds of dollars of repairs to make. Most of them say they expect to pay about $150 or more per tire.

"It's really frustrating because it's coming out of our pockets," Caylor said. "We need to make these parents stand up and pay for these tires."

That's just what one parent, who's also one of the neighbors, says he'll do. He talked to neighbors Saturday afternoon, telling them his child is responsible for one of the vandalized vehicles.

Neighbors say that should be a wake up call for all parents at home to keep a closer eye on where their kids are and what they're doing. Also, Caylor says, it's a reminder for people to be more vigilant when it comes to suspicious activity in their neighborhood.

"I've worked a long time to get the things I have and to see it destroyed by kids, it's just not right," Caylor said.

But he says maybe he can help right the wrong by bringing this additional attention to what the kids have done.

"Maybe for these kids it may be a start to the new year if their parents can straighten them out, or the police can straighten them out, and get these kids on the right track, give them a future," Caylor said.

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