LENOX, Mass. -- Police are investigating an uncommon case in Lenox, Massachusetts after they say someone vandalized and stole the wheels off a car parked outside a senior center.
Known for its incredible architecture and friendly community, people NEWS10 spoke with say the crime has shocked the small town and offended many living at the senior center where the theft happened.
Police say sometime after midnight Wednesday, thieves propped up 83-year-old Alma Panetti's Honda in the parking lot, damaging the wheel well and stealing parts off the car.
Panetti says she woke to police knocking on her door.
"They asked if I'd seen my car, and I thought 'of course I parked it in front right underneath the spot like I always do.'"
Panetti was heartbroken to see the car that she bought as a birthday present to herself this spring had been targeted.
"Everybody thought it was the most beautiful car they ever saw, and it was a very pretty car," she said. "I started to cry, I don't mind admitting it, I felt like I had been violated, that nobody has a right to touch your car."
Panetti says the ordeal has her furious with the thieves. "I hope you go straight to hell," she says to the suspects.
While Panetti hopes the suspect is caught so she can face face them in court, she had a special message for them.
"You pick on senior citizens, you coward! You come see, I got an Italian maple cain that I want to wrap around your neck," she said. "But if you don't get caught, I hope all four tires go flat, that you're driving alone some night, and you hit a tree and wreck the whole thing."
Police estimate the damage to her car exceeds $3,000. They are also looking into several other cases in Lenox where cars left unlocked had items stolen from them, but can't say if they're related to Panetti's case.