BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Buffalo police say a number of vehicles were vandalized early Friday morning on South Park Avenue.

Shards of shattered glass greeted three Lactalis employees just after 1:30 a.m. when they checked on their vehicles early this morning.

Buffalo Police said nothing was stolen from the vehicles in this latest crime against Queen City car owners. Johanna Cage’s significant other works at the dairy factory.

Though nothing was stolen from the family’s car, she said it’s another blow to this mother of three already struggling in a difficult economy.

Cage told News 4 that her vehicle was also stolen a year ago.

“I almost feel numb truthfully — being out of work, trying to seek comparable employment from wages to location. It being back to school, having children, just the stress of feeding a family each night — the food expenses. It’s really overwhelming.”

Meanwhile, Kia and Hyundai thefts continue to be a problem around the country and here in Buffalo. Kara Manhardt recently had her Hyundai stolen from her downtown apartment.

“Make sure your car is locked up, you put the club on your car, a boot anything you can do to protect it,” said Manhardt.

Both women added that the criminals who carry out crimes like this deserve a harsher punishment to prevent them from re-offending.

Anyone with information is asked to call or text Buffalo police at their confidential tip line — (716) 847-2255.

Cage added that this was such a financial hit, that she started a GoFundMe.

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