SEVENTEEN vehicles had their rear windscreens shattered when a lone vandal attacked a row of parked cars in Scouthead.
The vehicles, including many high end saloons, were parked overnight outside neat terraced houses at Huddersfield Road.
The raider, believed to be a man in his 20s, was disturbed by residents in the early hours of Monday, August 6.
Security guard Jonathon Buckley said: “I heard a commotion on the road and saw a man wielding a large traffic cone.
“I was upstairs at the time and I shouted to him to stop but he smashed the rear windscreen of my car.
“By the time I got downstairs, he had sprinted away from the scene. I was joined by a neighbour and we both gave chase but he’d vanished.”
Mr Buckley, 53, added: “Everyone got together to commiserate and see how we could help each other — it’s what people do in Saddleworth.”
Pearl Millett, another victim who owns a large Vauxhall saloon, added: “It has been a terrible shock to everyone.”
A GMP spokesperson said: “Shortly after 1am on Monday 6 August 2018, police were called to reports that a man was damaging cars on Huddersfield Road in Scouthead.
“The man then assaulted a number of people who tried to stop him before fleeing in the direction of Oldham town centre.
“One victim followed the man in an attempt to apprehend him, but the man stole his van and drove off.
“A 23-year-old man was later arrested in Oldham town centre in connection with these incidents. He remains in custody for questioning.
“Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting the reference number 122 of 06/08/18, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”