Police have made an arrest for destruction to private property on the same road as Monday's string of racial vandalism - but say they are treating both incidents separately.
Charlottesville police say they arrested a man at around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday for breaking a car window with a blunt object in the 200 block of Shamrock Road. This makes the second day in a row the area has been hit with vandalism.
Monday, people in the Fry's Spring neighborhood woke up to seven cars and a house spray-painted with racial slurs along Shamrock Road. One of those cars was a Charlottesville police vehicle.
Police say investigators are actively working on the case, now dealing with forensics that have been sent to a lab in Richmond. Patrols have been heightened in the area.
"I think it's probably quite obvious that the heightened patrol and it being pretty high on our radar screen was quite evident when the officer at 2:30 this morning encountered the one individual who broke a glass out of a vehicle. I think that from an observational side that anytime you have those types of crimes that occur in a general neighborhood, we're going to make sure there is an increased presence," said Lieutenant Ronnie Roberts, spokesperson for the Charlottesville Police Department.
Police are not currently releasing the name of the man charged.
Police emphasize they are still investigating. Anyone with information should call crime stoppers at 434-977-4000.
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