Long Island Vandals Go Car Crazy

By DeMarco Morgan
|  Monday, May 24, 2010  |  Updated 6:15 PM EDT
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Long Island Vandals Go Car Crazy

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A smashed back window in Nassau.

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It looks as if a group of bandits had one big smash-a-thon in Nassau County over the weekend.

"Look at this -- this just malicious," said one car owner.

The windshields of more than 50 cars went from solid to crystals in a matter of seconds: Broken glass, everywhere -- along with damage to car bumpers and hoods.

"I mean you don't expect this around here and I was up all night and I didn't hear anything," said car owner Liz Nastas.

"Damage sustained to estimated to be from 50 to 100 thousand dollars total," said Detective Liuetenant Howard Sullivan.

"My car just came out of the shop on friday and that's the last thing that I want to do is have it repaired again," said car owner Carol Brown.

Now police are asking for the public's help in finding the vandals who they believe to be a group of teens that started smashing their way through parts of Bellmore and Merrick with a blunt object between 11 p.m. Saturday night to 6 a.m. the next morning.

"And that [timeframe] is believe to be substantiated from some victims hearing damage to their vehicles followed by a cheer from youthful voices," said Sullivan.

A neighborhood in Wantagh was also hit by the bandits -- and authorities are asking residents here to check their surveillance cameras in hopes of catching the suspects on tape red handed.

"This is a serious crime that the police department is investigating and we do have some viable leads," said Sullivan.

A $5,000 reward is being offered to anyone who can help lead to the arrest of those responsible for the crimes.

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