POLICE were called to a street in Coventry following reports of a man armed with a lump hammer vandalising a car.
Residents in Terry Road, Stoke, saw a man smash a car windscreen before attacking the bodywork.
Neighbours said the man used the hammer to try to break the door of a house nearby.
He was unsuccessful.
The incident happened shortly before 11pm on Monday.
One resident, who asked not to be named, said: "I heard a big bang and quite a few of the neighbours were standing in the street.
"I didn't realise how serious it was until I saw the damage in the morning."
A spokeswoman for West Midlands police said: "Police were called to Terry Road just before 11pm to reports of three men breaking the windows of a vehicle in the street and the windows of a house nearby.
"When the officers attended, the offenders had fled. Investigations are continuing.
"It is being dealt with as criminal damage."
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