BRIGHTON, Colo. -- It was a rude awakening for dozens of people in Brighton Tuesday morning.
Numerous cars were damaged with tires slashed windows smashed at the River Walk Apartments in the 700 block of Mockingbird Street.
Vandals slashed the tires of at least 20 vehicles, four motorcycles and broke out windows in three cars.
It's a big blow for some victims, who are living paycheck to paycheck.
The only way dozens of vehicles at the apartment complex got moving Tuesday morning was with a tow truck.
"All morning we've been taking reports about cars that have been damaged," said Brighton Police Sgt. Mark Kohn.
Vandals damaged at least 27 vehicles, including Terald Haney’s.
"I'm in the process of being homeless right now. I live in my Blazer so when they slash my tires, that's money out my pocket. I get a month $700," Haney said.
Some vehicles had one tire slashed, while others had all four.
Steven White found damage inside his car, and said vandals stole his stereo a few blocks away.
"He called me said his tires were slashed. I thought it just his. I get out and my stereo is gone. Then, I come over here and I see the devastation, of all the cars being slashed over here," White said.
Police say residents heard suspicious sounds at about 3:30 a.m., but didn’t call police.
Now investigators are playing catch up.
"Hopefully through word of mouth we'll find out who is responsible," said Sgt. Kohn.
In the meantime, residents are feeling as deflated as their tires.
"I'm really going to be suffering. So now I have to find a way to get to Denver to get to the shelter. I have to figure out how to get tires," Haney said.
"I hope they get caught and have to pay for everyone. The way the economy is, people can`t afford this,” said neighbor Maggie Grainer.
Police say if they catch anyone, they face a felony because of the high cost of damage.
Victims are paying a deductible on their insurance to get new tires, or paying out of pocket, not to mention the tow charge.
If you know anything that could help police catch these criminals, call (303) 655-2300.AlertMe