BRIDGEPORT — Several drivers received a rude awakening Thursday morning when they found their vehicles had been vandalized with lewd messages scrawled in spray paint.
Red paint was used to write sexually-charged messages and profanity — and at least one tag that read “Free Candy" — onto the hoods and driver's side doors of at least five cars, all parked along 33rd Street between Lowe and Union Avenues.
The vandalism comes on the heels of various other vehicle-related incidents in the neighborhood, including a Nov. 3 car theft at 30th Street and Lyman Avenue, a tire slashing at 35th Street and Lituanica Avenue and various catalytic converter thefts, according to an unofficial neighborhood Facebook page.
For vehicles affected by the spray paint, undoing the damage will be a race against the clock.
Various Internet forums have tips on removing spray paint, but the effectiveness of some methods — using warm soapy water, acetone, clay auto detailing bars or even gasoline — largely depends on whether the paint has already dried.