The vandalism of a Los Angeles County sheriff's decoy patrol vehicle parked on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu is under investigation.
The damage, which included slashed tires and broken windows, was discovered at 7 a.m. Wednesday on Pacific Coast Highway at Las Flores Road, according to Lt. Todd Weber of the Lost Hills/Malibu Station. No suspect information was immediately available.
The decoy, which was unmanned, was used to deter speeding in the area. It was towed away for repairs.
"It’s a crime. They are vandalizing property. No matter how long it takes it costs money to repair it," Weber said.
The vehicle may take some time to repair as patrol cars that are needed in the field will be given the priority, he said.
For now, the enforcement tool is off the highway.
"Anyone would say if they see a patrol car, their first instinct is to slow down and check their speed," Weber said. "Now that car is no longer there serving that purpose."