Modesto Neighborhood Hit by Vandals for Second Time in Just Over a Week

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MODESTO --

Vandals struck a Modesto neighborhood for the second time in just over a week.

Polishing his truck was not the way Jose Luis of Modesto wanted to spend his Sunday. You don't want to make this 76-year-old fitness buff mad.

He is wiping off the spray paint left by vandals some time late Friday night into Saturday morning.

"No April Fools. Not funny," neighbor Frank Huggins said.

Huggins was one of seven residents on and around Melgren Avenue who were also victimized.

"We were up at 1 o'clock in the morning to clean it off," Huggins said.

He said this felt like de ja vu. This is the second time in a little over a week that vandals came to destroy their properties.

Last time, Huggins thought maybe the vandals had too many leftovers from Easter.

"I saw eggs everywhere. It seemed like every car parked on the street had been hit with eggs," Huggins said.

Huggins knows a thing or two about polishing cars. He has years of experience working at a body shop at a local car dealership.

"The shell can splinter the paint. The yolk is acidic enough, and if left unattended, it can damage the paint," Huggins said.

As horrible as this incident is, neighbors said it actually brought them closer together. Now they are keeping an eye on each other's properties, and they are investing in a surveillance system.

"It's so we can possibly identify somebody if there were future occurrences like this," Huggins said.

The Modesto Police Department also recommends installing inexpensive motion-sensor lights to deter criminals.They said whoever did these, will face felony vandalism charges.

As for Luis, he said he wants the criminals to find better things to do.

"Get a job, go clean you ... room. Stop right here," Luis said.