HEMPFIELD TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — People living in a quiet neighborhood in Hempfield Township woke up Sunday to find they’d been the target of an overnight graffiti spree.

State Police in Greensburg are investigating.

Along Stamford Drive and Arthur Place, some serious elbow grease has removed almost all of the vandal’s dirty work. On one driveway, after much scrubbing, only a trace of the neon red paint can be detected.

“Woke up, ran out of the house screaming, ‘My baby got hit!’ and I saw the damage on the car,” Danielle Sipes said.

The 23-year-old’s Toyota Celica was a mess.

“I saw the gray paint covering the license plate,” she said. “I saw red paint covering the top party of it.”

Neighbors report hearing kids laughing and the sound of a loud muffler in the middle of the night.

“I was really ticked off about it,” Sipes said.

“Just a minor act of vandalism that also encompassed the surrounding neighborhood,” says Superintendent Andrew Leopold of the Hempfield Area School District.

The vandalism likely began at the nearby Wendover Middle School where most of the shattered windows are now replaced and the defaced doors painted over.

“Our maintenance workers have done an excellent job of getting things cleaned up and to be honest we’re just focusing on next week,” Leopold said.

If the motive was to delay the start of school, it was a bust. Classes begin next Monday as scheduled.

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