by Stacy Jacobson
DANIEL ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) -- Police are investigating a rash of acts of car vandalism that happened on Daniel Island over the long holiday weekend.
Dan Wright got an unwelcome gift last weekend just in time for the holidays. He had planned to buy presents for his two grandchildren in the next month. But that may have changed.
"I don't know if I'll have money to buy them anything for Christmas. I'll just have to see," he said.
His community on Daniel Island is usually quiet, he said. But, crime over the weekend has deflated he and his neighbors.
"For somebody to do something like this, it's hard to understand," he said.
Wright woke up to police at his door Sunday morning. They told him he was the owner of one of eight cars that had tires slashed overnight. The vandals caused $5,340 of damage on Daniel Island Drive and $4,300 on another nearby street.
"It's put a lot of people on this street in a bind. I know it has me," Wright said.
Wright said he thought someone used a pocket knife to slash each tire. They slashed the inside track of the tires, and now both have to be replaced, he said.
"The bad thing about it is I don't have the money right now to replace my tires. I just got on Social Security," he said.
He said he's waiting for his next check. Until then, the car won't move.
Charleston Police Department officials said the vandalism is still under investigation. Police reports labeled it as a possible hate or bias crime.