A man believed responsible for spraying an acid-like substance on more than 300 late-model cars in the San Fernando Valley since April struck again last week, splattering the chemical on at least 20 automobiles in Chatsworth, Burbank and Simi Valley, police said.
Investigators said the splasher, who also sprayed four people, causing minor injuries, drives a white or tan Dodge or Ford van and could be a delivery man because most of the attacks occur during working hours Monday through Friday.
Police Detective Ed Pikor said the splasher is so active that insurance companies are no longer requiring crime reports from persons submitting damage claims.
"We've had insurance companies telling us, 'Hey, we're getting barraged by sprayer victims. What's going on?' " Pikor said. "Now the insurance companies are not demanding a crime report because they know we got a problem."