A 57-year-old woman was arrested Monday, Nov. 2 after allegedly vandalizing 20 vehicles in Solana Beach. Deputies arrested Robyn Carey in the Lomas Santa Fe Plaza, where multiple vehicles have been damaged since September, said Sheriff’s Sgt. Rich Eaton.
Madeline Hoeg’s car was among 20 vehicles reportedly vandalized since September.
The driver’s side doors and windows of her 2008 Lexus IS 250 were spray-painted while she was in HomeGoods in the Lomas Santa Fe Plaza between 11:15-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29. The total to fix the damage is $1,100, she said.
“I want the local community to be aware of what is going on in this shopping center,” Hoeg said in an email before the arrest of the suspect. “I do not feel comfortable returning until I know the offender is arrested and charged. I do feel that it is the responsibility of the property management company to make the public aware of what is occurring in their shopping center.”
Eaton said 19 other vehicles were similarly vandalized. Vehicles have also been vandalized west of Interstate 5 in Solana Beach Towne Centre and along Via Mil Cumbres, Eaton said.
“After X amount of victims, we were able to see a pattern,” Eaton said. “Once we identified the pattern, we set up with multiple plain-clothes deputy sheriffs and we were able to witness the suspect in the act of painting a car.”
A total of 17 charges were filed against Robyn Carey, including multiple counts of felony vandalism.
Carey is no longer in custody. She was released on her own recognizance, with her next hearing date scheduled for Nov. 25 at the North County Regional Center in Vista. A preliminary hearing is tentatively set for Dec. 16.