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Downtown residents seeing red over rocks being thrown from roof

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Downtown residents are upset over vandals throwing rocks at cars. Credit: KMOV Downtown residents are upset over vandals throwing rocks at cars. Credit: KMOV
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Rocks hitting windshields have left several people seeing red.

Downtown parkers are shelling out hundreds for fixes after finding their vehicles damaged by vandals.

Now, people are urging for more security to keep their cars safe.

"It just really sucks that somebody would do this to somebody else's property," said Mariah Dunbar.

Dunbar thought she was saving money parking in a lot on 16th and Locust until she found a rock in her back windshield.

The glass from her car still sits in the parking lot.

"I was just furious that somebody would do that to me," said Dunbar.

Dunbar tells News 4 it was a $350 fix for something she didn't do.

Several other cars in the lot have also been left badly damaged.

"I think it's really frustrating because you could tell that the rocks are coming from the building right here," said Joe Bakalor

Because of the rock's similarity to the ones found on the Ely Walker Lofts rooftop terrace, Joe Bakalor believes that's where they're coming from.

With few lights and no cameras, Bakalor says the problem could be solved with more surveillance cameras.

"Maybe if it was just a deterrent and people decided that they couldn't do it," said Bakalor.

"It's not something you want to deal with since it's something you worked that hard for," said Olivia Lynch.

Olivia Lynch lives at the Ely Walker Lofts and parked in the lot behind the building, but when her boyfriend's truck was dented, she decided to move.

"You work hard for something, pay something off and then somebody throws a rock at it," said Lynch.

"People who go to the hockey games, the baseball games, they go through the same thing," said Harold Brown. "I mean, I've been seeing it all summer long."

Downtown residents like Harold Brown say they've brought the issue to both St. Louis Metropolitan Police and parking lot owner SP Plus' attention.

Some feel the Chicago-based company has done little to address the vandalism.

"Put some more lights out here and some more cameras out here," said Brown. "I know people are complaining about this."

Some residents say security does come by and check the cars out every day.

News 4 reached out to police about the issue and they say they'll be monitoring this parking lot more often from now on.

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