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Gated community hit by vandals and thieves

ST. JOHNS, Fla. -- A gated community off Racetrack Road was vandalized and hit by car hoppers early Thursday morning.

At least eight cars were burglarized or had side mirrors broken off in the Magnolia Preserve and Plantation Estates Neighborhood, according to a stack of police reports from the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

Three cars parked on Chinaberry Court were burglarized and vandalized, including one incident where a suspect used a garage door opener found in a parked car to gain access to the homeowners' garage while they slept, the reports details.

Two cars on Ribbon Road were also burglarized, according o the report. Items taken included the usual GPS and sunglasses, but also included window buttons and ash trays. In one case, the suspect allegedly bit into a Shell Gas Card and put it back in the owner's vehicle.

The suspect also vandalized a car on Summerdown Way, breaking off both side mirrors, the reports state.

The neighborhood amenities center was also vandalized. Multiple pool chairs and pieces of pool furniture had been thrown into the pool, according to the reports. The pool shower was also broken and loose pieces were thrown into the pool as well. Inside the pool house, an air conditioning unit was pulled from a wall and several items were broken.

A white male wearing black jogging pants was captured on surveillance video in the pool area, the reports state.

An investigation is underway. Anyone with any information about the identity or location of a potential suspect is asked to contact the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office at 904-824-8304. To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.


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