Someone etched words including "pig," "rat," "AIDS" and "meth" into the windshields of a dozen cars parked on Ashland streets late Tuesday or early Wednesday, police said.

Someone etched words including "pig," "rat," "AIDS" and "meth" into the windshields of a dozen cars parked on Ashland streets late Tuesday or early Wednesday, police said.

"It appears to be random," said officer Bon Stewart with the Ashland Police Department. "There's no connection between the victims that we can see, other than that they're neighbors."

The vandal or vandals wrote the words "pig," "rat," "AIDS" and "meth" on several of the windshields, said Stewart, and one car had the phrase "luv meth" etched in its windshield.

The cars were parked primarily on Lincoln, Garfield, Wightman and Fifth streets, he said. Police believe the etching occurred sometime between about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. Wednesday.

Police are unsure what instrument was used to etch the windshields, Stewart said. There was no additional damage to the vehicles, he said.

Police are following up on leads today, but are seeking help from potential witnesses, Stewart said.

So far, no witnesses have come forward, he said.

"Whoever did this could have probably done it pretty quietly," he said.

Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to contact Stewart or officer Michael Vanderlip with Ashland Police Department at 482-5211.

—Hannah Guzik