COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) - A rash of vandalism has police in one central Indiana community on high alert.
In just the past three days, Columbus Police said at least 24 vehicles and homes have been hit by vandals.
Police believe the culprits behind this crime spree are teens. They said they noticed the crime about three weeks ago, but over the weekend it got out of hand.
"It didn't scare me; it kind of made me mad," said Mary Harris of Columbus.
Harris is talking about the sound of shattering glass that woke her up Saturday morning.
"I was asleep and I was dreaming and I heard this terrible noise and I thought it has got to do with my dream," she said.
It turns out it wasn't a dream.
"My granddaughter come in and turned the light on and said, Grandma, I hate to tell you this but somebody's broke your big window out," Harris said.
Harris picture window, now temporarily replaced, was shattered on her living room floor.
"It was just glass shattered everyplace and it broke my lamp that was on the table which is no big deal; but I liked it," she said.
The vandals didn't stop there. They took a bat to her daughter's SUV and shattered the windshield and driver's side window.
"This started about 10 p.m. Friday evening and went into to about 4 a.m. Sunday morning," said Columbus Police Chief Jason Maddix.
Chief Jason Maddix said detectives have been busy working dozens of reports.
"It's broken windows to cars, also there's been some damages to mailboxes and been damage to houses as well," he said.
Chief Maddix said the crime spree is throughout the north side of the city. From Griffa Avenue to Spring Valley Drive.
In one incident, police said a glass baby food jar was thrown at a house.
"We are looking at teenagers or young adults; the only description we have at this point is a small black car that was seen leaving the area," Chief Maddix said, "We are confident we'll be able to get to the bottom of this."
Harris is also hoping police catch who's responsible. She said if she could get her hands on them, she'd teach them a lesson.
"What they need is an old fashion belt used on them; It might knock some sense into them," she said.
Chief Maddix told 24-Hour News 8 they are stepping up patrols in neighborhoods hit by the vandals. He's asking homeowners to be vigilant, turn their lights on at night and if they see anything suspicious, call police.
Hoosiers are being hit with the coldest weather statewide in about three years, and officials are warning drivers about black ice.
Mintonye Elementary School may be ready to open in August, but Southwestern Middle School won't be ready. That's the preliminary assessment Superintendent Scott Hanback told the Tippecanoe School Corporation school board Wednesday evening.
State police and the Indiana Department of Transportation say public safety is being endangered by metal scrappers.