Yuba City police says at least 100 cars were keyed in one night by one man

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By Yosi Yahoudai
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The Yuba City Police Department said it’s searching for the man they believe is responsible for keying at least 100 cars by himself in one night.Lt. Michelle Brazil said they started getting reports on May 5 from people who realized their cars had been keyed overnight in the northern part of the city.KCRA 3 spoke to six people on one street near Greenwood Park whose cars and trucks were vandalized.Surveillance video shared with KCRA 3 shows the suspect driving up to the neighborhood, parking his car in front of a home, locking his car, and then going from home to home, keying multiple vehicles. Once he’s done, the video shows him driving away and honking his horn loudly before swinging back down the same street in the opposite direction.Brazil identified the suspect in this case as 23-year-old Pouriya Sahand. She said he has family in Yuba City, but detectives believe he is currently in the Sacramento area. Brazil said there is a warrant out for his arrest.“We’re estimating the damage to those hundred vehicles is somewhere in the neighborhood of about $175,000 at this point, but again, we’ll know more as it goes to court and all the victims bring forward their costs of what it actually took to get their repairs on their vehicle,” she said.Siblings Patricia Basile and Ron McDaniels had four cars keyed from their family’s home and are facing thousands of dollars in damages.Since the May 4 incident, Basile said she’s installed surveillance cameras at her home.“We all have deductibles on these cars, and those deductibles we have to pay out of pocket,” she said. “My thought is I want justice served on this regardless. He needs to pay if it’s in jail or whatever. He needs to be accountable for all of the people’s cars he’s destroyed.” Kyle Kleinhesselink said he’s dealing with $2,000 in damages from getting his car keyed.“I just want to know why he did it, like, there’s no reason he should be keying cars,” he said.The Yuba City Police Department is asking anyone whose car was keyed to please call them so they can send an officer to your home to collect evidence and take photos of the damage to add to this growing investigation. You can call dispatch at 530-822-4661. If you would like to remain anonymous to leave a tip, you can call the anonymous tip line at 530-822-2026.Officials ask you to come forward as well if you know the whereabouts of Sahand.See more coverage of top California stories here | Download our app.

The Yuba City Police Department said it’s searching for the man they believe is responsible for keying at least 100 cars by himself in one night.

Lt. Michelle Brazil said they started getting reports on May 5 from people who realized their cars had been keyed overnight in the northern part of the city.

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KCRA 3 spoke to six people on one street near Greenwood Park whose cars and trucks were vandalized.

Surveillance video shared with KCRA 3 shows the suspect driving up to the neighborhood, parking his car in front of a home, locking his car, and then going from home to home, keying multiple vehicles. Once he’s done, the video shows him driving away and honking his horn loudly before swinging back down the same street in the opposite direction.

Brazil identified the suspect in this case as 23-year-old Pouriya Sahand. She said he has family in Yuba City, but detectives believe he is currently in the Sacramento area.

Brazil said there is a warrant out for his arrest.

“We’re estimating the damage to those hundred vehicles is somewhere in the neighborhood of about $175,000 at this point, but again, we’ll know more as it goes to court and all the victims bring forward their costs of what it actually took to get their repairs on their vehicle,” she said.

Siblings Patricia Basile and Ron McDaniels had four cars keyed from their family’s home and are facing thousands of dollars in damages.

Since the May 4 incident, Basile said she’s installed surveillance cameras at her home.

“We all have deductibles on these cars, and those deductibles we have to pay out of pocket,” she said. “My thought is I want justice served on this regardless. He needs to pay if it’s in jail or whatever. He needs to be accountable for all of the people’s cars he’s destroyed.”

Kyle Kleinhesselink said he’s dealing with $2,000 in damages from getting his car keyed.

“I just want to know why he did it, like, there’s no reason he should be keying cars,” he said.

The Yuba City Police Department is asking anyone whose car was keyed to please call them so they can send an officer to your home to collect evidence and take photos of the damage to add to this growing investigation.

You can call dispatch at 530-822-4661. If you would like to remain anonymous to leave a tip, you can call the anonymous tip line at 530-822-2026.

Officials ask you to come forward as well if you know the whereabouts of Sahand.

See more coverage of top California stories here | Download our app.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.

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